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  1. SYNOPSIS - A 3-day course on advanced techniques for optimizing heat recovery and improving utility systems in industrial facilities. Presents both theory and the practical use of NRCan’s INTEGRATION software to solve real case studies.
  2. OBJECTIVES - Use pinch analysis to learn how to reduce energy use by up to 30%, cut costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce exposure to carbon taxes; quickly evaluate heat recovery projects and improve equipment operation in steam, refrigeration, and compression systems.
  3. TARGET AUDIENCE - Engineers specializing in industrial energy efficiency; process design engineers and plant project managers working with complex industrial systems in food & drink, chemicals, petrochemicals, oil & gas, pulp & paper and other industries.
  4. SOFTWARE - CanmetENERGY’s INTEGRATION software combines sophisticated engineering models for pinch analysis and heat recovery from steam, refrigeration, and compression systems with a friendly, intuitive interface. Practical, powerful, and free, but only for course participants.

Learn how to reduce energy use by up to 30%


DAY 1 Webinar

• Industrial context for industrial heat recovery
• Process integration: a systematic approach for heat recovery
• Benefits of process integration for Canadian industry
• Overview of the steps in a process integration study
• Overview of the INTEGRATION software
• Review of calculation of heat exchanger duty, heat exchanger network representation (grid diagrams), and other foundational concepts

DAY 2 in-person 

_Data extraction
▪ Review of theory
▪ Exercise 1: Data extraction for 2-reactor example
▪ Exercise 2: Data extraction for atmospheric tower crude
distillation unit

_Composite curves
▪ Construction of the composite curves: theory, and using INTEGRATION software
▪ Exercise 3: Constructing composite curves for low temperature separation process
▪ Selection of minimum approach temperature
▪ Analysis of composite curves

_Heat exchanger network design theory
▪ Exercise 4: Heat exchanger network design for LTS process
▪ Case Study 1: Atmospheric tower crude distillation unit redesign

_Special cases
▪ Construction of the residual energy curve
▪ Addition of heat pumps and cogeneration
▪ The threshold problem (only hot or cold utility required)
▪ Quasi-pinch or parallel composite curves
• Heat recovery in compressed air or gas systems
▪ Main components of gas compression systems
▪ Exercise 1: Analysis of compressed air system parameters
▪ Heat recovery options
▪ Exercise 2: Heat recovery from intercooler and aftercooler
▪ Conclusions

DAY 3 in-person 

_In-depth case study: milk processing with 2 production lines
▪ Introduction of current design and problem
▪ Part 1: data extraction for lines 1 and 2
▪ Part 2: construction of composite curves using INTEGRATION
▪ Part 3: pinch analysis of existing heat exchanger network
▪ Part 4: Integrate lines 1 and 2 jointly versus separately
▪ Part 5: Manual redesign of existing heat exchanger network
   Line 1
   Line 2 (challenging)
▪ Part 6: Redesign of existing heat exchanger network with INTEGRATION software

_Heat recovery in the steam production system
▪ Overview of steam production in industry
▪ Main components of steam production systems
▪ Basic principles of combustion
▪ Other components of steam production system
▪ Exercise 1: Analysis of steam production system parameters
▪ Boiler performance and sources of inefficiency
▪ Opportunities for heat recovery
▪ Exercise 2: Blowdown heat recovery
▪ Flue gas heat recovery
▪ Exercise 3: Feedwater preheater
▪ Exercise 4: Condensing economizer
▪ Conclusions

_Next steps
▪ Follow-up webinar
▪ Available subsidies for process integration studies

Follow-up webinar (3 hrs)

_Answers to follow-up questions from in-person training

_Advanced data extraction presentation
▪ How to extract data from a wide range of equipment and processes

_Heat recovery from refrigeration systems
▪ Overview of refrigeration in industry
▪ Operating principles of refrigeration system
▪ Main components of a refrigeration system
▪ Exercise 1: Analysis of refrigeration system parameters
▪ Opportunities for heat recovery
▪ Exercise 2: Heat recovery from desuperheater
▪ Exercise 3: Subcooling heat recovery o Conclusions 


Alberto Alva-Argaez

Licensed by NRCan
(Process Ecology)


Michael Ross

Licensed by NRCan (RER Energy)


$ 1,500
Course binder, INTEGRATION software, lunch, coffee breaks




“This was an excellent course...the techniques can and will be used inmediately...the best value I’ve ever had for a course”

“Inmediately applicable to what I do for a living”





6108 Bowness Road NW Calgary, AB T3B 0E1


Process Ecology #930, 710-20 Crowfoot Crescent NW, Calgary (AB) T3G 2P6

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