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Irving Oil's Energy Engineer explains pinch technology to second year Chemical Engineering students

Irving Oil's Energy Engineer explains pinch technology to second year Chemical Engineering students

Published on: Wednesday, 16 May 2018

"Pinch technology" is a technique to apply the limits of thermodynamics and heat transfer to improve energy use efficiency.  With over 400 MW of energy flowing, energy efficiency is critical to effective operations at Irving Oil's Whitegate refinery.  Dori Tallent explained how Irving Oil have applied the technique to their crude oil section.  She showed how the theory finds a practical application.  In addition to thermodynamics, the practicalities of having heat sources and heat sinks close to each other were pointed out.  Safety considerations and the compatibility of materials were emphasised.  Not only must the technical and economic objectives be met, they must be met in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.  All in all, Dori provided a practical, realistic, illustration of the theory already studied by the students.