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1 Chemical Engineering Megatrends
Future Challenges and Opportunities Jeff Siirola Purdue University Carnegie Mellon University 29 September 2011

2 Topics Carbon Management Design and Control for Sustainability
Shale Gas

3 Approaches to Carbon Management
Reduce Carbon Dioxide Production Offset Carbon Dioxide Production Carbon Dioxide Capture Carbon Dioxide Storage

4 Reduce Carbon Dioxide Production
Reduce energy usage Produce less product (change product portfolio) Decrease energy use per unit of production (process improvement) Recover and reuse energy (process intensification and heat integration) Switch to a more energy-intense fossil source for fuel and feedstock Switch from oil to gas Switch from coal to gas

5 Reduce Carbon Dioxide Production Continued
Use non-carbonaceous energy sources Solar-wind Solar-photovoltaic Solar-thermal Geothermal Nuclear Wave Tidal Solar-hydroelectric Change reaction chemistry to produce less carbon dioxide

6 Offset Carbon Dioxide Production
Burn fossil fuel but harvest and bury/sink an equivalent amount of biomass/biochar Cultivate (crop), recover (residues), or recycle (waste) biomass for fuel and feedstock Burn biomass directly for heat and power Biologically or chemically convert biomass to alternative fuel (e.g., bioethanol, biobutanol, or biodiesel) Pyrolyze/gasify biomass and convert to alternative fuel Convert biomass into chemical feedstock Convert recovered carbonaceous wastes into fuel or feedstock

7 Offset Carbon Dioxide Production Other Approaches
Sell carbon dioxide or a carbon dioxide derivative for any permanent use Chemically reduce carbon dioxide to lower oxidation state Reform carbon dioxide with methane to syngas Reduce carbon dioxide collected from processes, flues, or the atmosphere with hydrogen produced from nonfossil energy (nuclear, solar, geothermal) into fuel and feedstock

8 Carbon Dioxide Capture
Capture from low pressure point sources – fluegas Alcoholamines Chilled ammonia Caustic or lime Carbonate Zeolite adsorption Active transport membranes Anti-sublimation Capture from high pressure point sources – gasifiers Rectisol Selexol Metal oxides Collect from fluegas without nitrogen Oxygen-fired furnaces, kilns, or turbines (oxyfuel)

9 Carbon Dioxide Capture Other Challenges
Capture from mobile sources Lithium hydroxide Polymer amines Molecular sieves Collect from atmosphere by scrubbing Caustic Anion exchange resins Optimized reactive sorbent Collect from atmosphere by growing biomass Cultivated crops, plantation forest, algae ponds Natural aquatic and terrestrial vegetation and forests

10 Carbon Dioxide Storage
Geologic (as pressurized gas, supercritical liquid, or carbonic acid; +4 oxidation state) Porous capped rock (with or without oil recovery) Coal beds (with or without methane displacement) Deep saline aquifer Oceanic (+4 oxidation state) Ocean disposal (as carbonic acid) Deep ocean disposal with hydrate formation Ocean disposal with limestone neutralization (as bicarbonate solution) Land disposal as carbonate salt (+4 oxidation state) Reaction with silicate

11 Carbon Reduction Challenges
Energy conservation Easier to justify with expansions rather than retrofits Capital costs rise with energy costs Fuel switching Limited gas pipeline capacity Coal boiler derating Relocation to inexpensive stranded gas results in expensive product transportation costs

12 Carbon Reduction Challenges Non-fossil Approaches
Biomass Growth depends on latitude and rainfall (and soil) Land competition with agricultural use Low energy density – high transportation costs Other solar Low source intensity – high capital costs Variable availability Nuclear No experience with nuclear process heat Shutdowns for refueling Siting concerns

13 Carbon Capture and Recovery Challenges
Post-combustion (partial pressure, strength, and purity of sorbent Chemsorption (hydroxides, amines, carbonates) Physical sorption (alcohols) Phase change (anti-sublimation) Membrane Pre-combustion (gasification capital) Oxy-combustion (air separation expense) Energy required to recover CO2 and regenerate sorbent

14 Carbon Storage Challenges
Enhanced oil recovery Coalbed methane displacement Depleted reservoirs Saline aquifers Ocean disposal (without or with neutralization) Pipeline transportation network Leak monitoring and mitigation Compression and injection energy

15 Capture, Recovery, and Storage Interaction Considerations
Minimized compression costs => higher recovery pressures High recovery pressures => high stripping temperatures High stripping temperatures => stable sorbents Stable sorbents => inorganics => ammonia Hydroxide/carbonate energetics => strip ammonium bicarbonate only to ammonium carbonate Volatile ammonia => low temperature absorber Low temperatures => expensive refrigeration Less volatile sorbent => potassium carbonate Poor kinetics => absorption “catalyst” (piperazine)

16 Neutralized Oceanic Disposal
Avoid ocean acidification => dispose as bicarbonate Alkalis expensive => use calcium (or magnesium) Alkaline earth bicarbonates do not exist as solids => prepare and dispose of as bicarbonate solutions Alkaline earth bicarbonates have limited solubility => use ocean water Ocean water transport cost => limit to power plants near Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts (60% of all plants) Avoid carbon dioxide stripping energy => absorb with limestone slurry and do not recover sorbent Slow absorption kinetics => a challenge to be addressed

17 Carbon Capture from Mobile and Dispersed Sources
No good solutions Fuel switching (NG and CNG) Atmospheric carbon capture Also to reverse atmospheric carbon concentration Very low source concentration (400x lower than fluegas) Huge air handling requirements Requires strong or very well stripped sorbents Total process energy same order of magnitude as heat of combustion of coal High cost compared with growing and burying biomass

18 Nuclear Energy Issues Reprocessing and waste storage Loss of coolant
Addressed by Gen IV technologies (transmutation) Loss of coolant Addressed by scale-down (natural convective cooling) Reliable process heat Addressed by multiple and redundant units Use of the grid to dispose of excess power as electricity Chemical fuels Nuclear water splitting (hydrogen) to produce fuels from coal, biomass, or even carbon dioxide

19 A New Chemical Processing Paradigm?
Historically, the chemical processing industries were designed to run on steam and compressed air What would happen if all we had was electricity? Resistance heat? Heat pumps, vapor recompression, etc? Membranes, centrifuges, and other mechanically- driven separations? Electrically dominated chemical processing

20 Carbon Management Recommendations
In the short term, in the absence of a carbon tax, cap-and-trade scheme, or other incentives, concentrate only on energy consumption (and carbon dioxide generation) minimization Prepare infrastructure to enable fuel switching from coal to natural gas Postpone further carbon capture and storage technology evaluation pending improved clarity of regulations impacting all competitors

21 Design and Control for Sustainability

22 A Curious Observation Considering the renewed emphasis on energy minimization, We tend to DESIGN for energy minimization But during operations, we rarely CONTROL for energy minimization We control instead for production rate, product purity, other fitness-for-use criteria, and disturbance rejection at the EXPENSE of energy (the manipulated variable)

23 The same is also true for many other sustainability dimensions
Environmental impact minimization Raw material and other resource use efficiency Customer and stakeholder value Health and safety Climate change We consider sustainability attributes when selecting and optimizing among alternatives during design, but rarely control for these same objectives during operations

24 Smart Process Manufacturing
Intensified application of manufacturing intelligence using advanced sensors, modeling, and very large scale simulation Encompasses the technology, interoperability, operational practice, and shared business infrastructure on which manufacturing intelligence can be generated and applied to multiple sustainability objectives including economic, energy, environment, health, safety and other performance metrics View sustainability as objectives to be optimized rather than simply as regulatory constraints

25 Key Ideas Many more sensors and monitors
Real-time error detection and data reconciliation and very large scale dynamic simulation Engineering modifications to increase operational degrees of freedom Optimized control of energy consumption, environmental impact, and other sustainability objectives in addition to production rate, quality, and fitness-for-use product objectives

26 Essentially the integration of Real Time Optimization and Model Predictive Control
Enabled by numerous inexpensive sensors, massive computing infrastructure, and clever engineering

27 Some Example Components
Monitoring of every individual utility consumption point Various aspects of the Smart Grid Active control of individual tray hydraulics at incipient flood for maximum efficiency Cogeneration for commercial sale

28 Shale Gas

29 Gas as a Fuel and Feedstock
Natural gas is the fuel that powers most (but not quite all) US chemical and refining processes Natural gas methane is the feedstock for hydrogen production (for hydrocracking, hydrodesulfurization, and ammonia) and for syngas (for methanol, and its derivatives e.g. MTBE, formaldehyde, and acetic acid) Natural gas condensate (ethane and propane) is an advantaged raw material via ethylene and propylene to much of the organic chemicals industry (compared to crude-oil-derived naphtha)

30 Feedstock Pricing Considerations
Crude Oil Global supply and demand Established oceanic transportation network Productive capacity and risk premium Impact of speculation Natural Gas Local supply and demand Transportation limitations Limited US conventional supply New shale gas production technology Coal Excess productive capacity Inexpensive extraction technologies Environmental impact issues

31 US Crude Oil Price

32 US Natural Gas Price

33 US Natural Gas Consumption

34 US Electricity Production by Fuel

35 Power Plant Natural Gas Consumption

36 US Fossil Fuel Price

37 Industrial Natural Gas Consumption

38 Impacts of Increasing Natural Gas Prices
Chemicals from methane Methanol production moves offshore to sources of stranded gas MTBE abandoned as gasoline oxygenate Ammonia moves to Canada Hydrogen becomes expensive (and low-sulfur diesel at the pump becomes more expensive than regular gasoline) Chemicals from condensate and naphtha Condensate price rises with natural gas (for awhile) Ethylene price spikes Propylene price finally rises higher than ethylene

39 Eastman Response Shut down older cracker capacity
Abandon some ethylene derivatives (polyethylene) and seek C1 routes to others (ethylene glycol, acetaldehyde) as previously done for acetic acid/anhydride) Abandon polypropylene Seek C1 routes to propylene (MTP) for existing oxo derivatives and other intermediates currently made from propylene (acrylics, methacrylics, acetone, etc) Developed process for the large-scale gasification of petcoke, lignite, or coal as source of syngas for C1 chemistries and refinery hydrogen

40 Other Responses Flight to off-shore production (to sources of stranded methane and condensate - Persian Gulf) Bio-based feedstocks (ethylene from sugar-based bioethanol dehydration - Brazil) Feedstocks from coal gasification and liquefaction (China) Calls for increased US LNG infrastructure Development of directional and horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies (Shale Gas)

41 Crude Oil and Natural Gas Prices

42 Ratio of Crude Oil Price ($/bbl) to Natural Gas Price ($/MBTU)

43 Shale Gas Unconventional natural gas (as is coalbed methane, tight sandstone gas, and methane hydrates) Found in relatively thin shale formations of very low permeability Economic production enabled by two technological innovations: Directional drilling Hydraulic fracturing Technology and field development encouraged by high natural gas prices

44 Geology of Natural Gas Resources

45 US Shale Gas Plays

46 Shale Gas Impact Shale gas now reclassified as conventional gas
US conventional gas reserves doubled Price of natural gas halved Accelerate electric power fuel switching from coal to natural gas Killed proposed Eastman gasification project Restored US production of methanol and ammonia Condensate crackers restarted Restored advantaged US feedstock position for many organic chemicals

47 What is Likely to Happen
Natural gas replacement for coal as the primary early carbon management technique (source reduction) Increased deployment of highly efficient Natural Gas Combined Cycle plants for electricity production and chemical plant cogeneration Increased US production and export of chemicals decreasing the trade deficit For many intermediates, interesting competition between C1 (methane) and C2 (ethane) feedstocks resulting from advances in catalysis, energy efficiency, and process design optimization

48 For How Long? Depends on how long shale gas remains plentiful and whether it is wet or dry If plentiful and wet, then the existing US ethane- based chemical industry infrastructure will remain world-competitive If plentiful but dry, new C1 chemistries will emerge, but based on methane steam reforming syngas If oil shale is developed using directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing gas shale technology, the role for naphtha cracking infrastructure may be extended

49 What could go Wrong? Electricity power plant fuel switching could dominate the rate of shale gas development Amount of gas producible from shale formations might be less than predicted Additional shale formations might be more expensive to produce than first experiences suggest Some shale formations might be geologically inappropriate for development (e.g. shallow formations near groundwater supplies) Production technologies (especially hydraulic fracturing) might have unintended environmental consequences leading to political or regulatory restrictions

50 Then What? If a great deal of infrastructure is put in place to displace coal by natural gas for electricity production and for institutional and industrial boilers and to otherwise expand the use of methane for chemical production, But natural gas becomes less economically advantaged compared to coal… Then coal gasification may once again return, But if so, most likely only to make Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG)! With the corresponding carbon dioxide captured and sequestered

51 Thank You All It is good to be back

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