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Process integration research in carbon capture and storage - Malaysia

Date From: 18 June 2012
Location: Malaysia
Description: IChemE Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group evening meeting in Kuala Lumpur, with presentation by Professor Dominic Foo (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus).
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: University of Nottingham Teaching Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An evening event with technical presentation by Professor Dominic Foo (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus), and time for networking over refreshments. Registration from 18:00; the event will commence at 18:30 and close at 20:30.

Open to all, and free of charge for members of SONG.

Advance booking is essential. Registration form >>

The topic

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the interim technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plant and large industrial facilities. CCS allows for continued utilisation of fossil fuels (eg, coal, natural gas and oil), which are still relatively inexpensive and reliable in comparison to inherently low-carbon renewable resources (eg, wind and solar). However, there are two main drawbacks of retrofitting power plants to enable carbon capture (CC). Firstly, installing CC process equipment entails additional capital costs.  Secondly, additional power is required to operate the CC processes; therefore, the overall thermal efficiency and generation capacity of the plant is reduced due to this parasitic energy usage.  Besides, the selection and matching of the power plants and storage sites are often an issue of optimisation due to various constraints, ie, time of availability, injection rate, and storage capacity limits.  In recent years, process integration techniques that were originally developed for resource conservation (heat recovery, water minimisation, etc) have been extended into CCS research.  Several graphical and optimisation tools have been developed to date to handle several CCS planning problem.  Graphical tools are mainly based on pinch analysis techniques that can be used to identify minimum retrofit needed for a country during energy planning, as well as the matching problem of captured CO2 from power generating plants into its corresponding reservoirs, etc. On the other hand, the developed solutions based on mathematical optimisation techniques can address the inherent conflict between environmental and economic goals, as well as parametric uncertainties pertaining to the emerging CC technologies. In this talk, some of the techniques that have been developed will be shown.

The speaker

Dominic FooProfessor Ir Dr Dominic Foo is a Professor of Process Design and Integration at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and is the Founding Director for the Centre of Excellence for Green Technologies. He is a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia.  He is a world leading academic in process integration for resource conservation, and has more than 30 collaborators from various countries in Asia, Europe, America and Africa. Dominic Foo is an active author, with a textbook (Process Integration for Resource Conservation Network) and an edited book (Recent Advances in Sustainable Process Design and Optimisation), 7 book chapters, over 70 journal papers and 120 conference presentations (including more than 10 plenary/keynote lectures). He also serves as Guest Editor for several journals (Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, IEM Journal).

Dominic has served on the International Scientific Committee for several important international conferences (CHISA/PRES, FOCAPD, ESCAPE, PSE, etc). He is the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award 2009 of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), as well as the 2010 Young Engineer Award of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM). He also actively conducts international workshops for practising engineers.

The venue

The event will take place at the University of Nottingham Teaching Centre, Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Map and directions >>

University of NottinghamIChemE gratefully acknowledges the University of Nottingham's sponsorship of SONG events through provision of its venue facilities free of charge.


This event is open to all, and free of charge to members of SONG. Advance booking is essential.

Registration form >>

Get involved with SONG

SONG's new supporter package is a cost-effective way to raise your organisation's profile amongst chemical engineers in the oil and gas sector in Malaysia, and benefit from association with IChemE. To discuss opportunities, please contact Mohan Balasingam — Regional Manager South East Asia, IChemE.

Would you like to give a talk at a SONG event in Kuala Lumpur, or online to a wider audience of SONG members in the Asia Pacific region? Please contact Mike Fox — leader of SONG activities in Malaysia.


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