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A Shell-and-tube heat exchanger enhancement that increases Energy Efficiency in the Oil, Gas, Power & Chemical Process Sectors

Objetivo

In oil refineries, the Pre-Heat Train (PHT) is a network of usually shell-and-tube heat exchangers which aims to reduce the energy requirements in the crude distillation unit, i.e. the unit where the fractionation of the all the crude-oil takes place. When the PHT does not work efficiently, more fuel must be burnt in the downstream furnace. A typical decay rate in the coil inlet temperature in the PHT is 2-5℃ per year, or 8-11℃ per year according to less optimistic estimates. A yearly average drop of 5℃ costs a refinery about €1 - €1,5 million. A 1℃ drop in the furnace coil inlet temperature has been reported to cost for a UK refinery (processing 210,000 bbl per day ) ca. €400,000 per year.
There are several modifications or enhancements that can improve heat exchanger efficiency, but unless they are installed during manufacturing, it is not cost efficient to apply them after the heat exchanger has been put to operation.
The Flow Enhancer is a shell-and-tube heat exchanger enhancement that improves crude oil flow from the header’s inlet towards the heat exchanger’s tubes. It ensures reduced turbulence, a 10% increase in tube inflow velocity and a corresponding 7°C increase in outlet temperature. The potential savings to refineries could reach up to €1.8m per year and a 9:1 return on investment.
In order to ensure the adoption of the technology, we have formed a partnership that brings together all the necessary elements: technology, manufacturing, commercialisation and scientific analysis to develop a marketing strategy based on proven results. The Flow Enhancer will increase the efficiency of European and global refineries, with significant environmental benefits, as it results in a reduction of 8 tonnes of CO2 per day for each 100k barrels processed, and has the potential to reduce EU CO2 emissions by 466k tonnes per year.

Régimen de financiación

IA - Innovation action

Coordinador

TUBE TECH INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 1 096 053,88
Dirección
Rawreth Industrial Estate, Rawreth Lane 14
SS6 9RL Rayleigh
United Kingdom

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Región
East of England Essex Essex Thames Gateway
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aportación de fuera de la UE
€ 469 737,37

Participantes (3)

MANOIR PITRES SAS
Francia
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 313 162,50
Dirección
37 Rue De Liege
75008 Paris

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Región
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aportación de fuera de la UE
€ 134 212,50
SHELL GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL BV
Países Bajos
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 470 312,50
Dirección
Lange Kleiweg 40
2288 GK Rijswijk

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Región
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aportación de fuera de la UE
€ 201 562,50
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Alemania
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 617 760,00
Dirección
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden

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Región
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Aportación de fuera de la UE
€ 0,00