PROGRAM MANAGER: Jonathan Jakischa
OPPORTUNITY: Supply Agreement
Potential to supply dozens of units over several years
Phase 0 – Identification of potential partners by Q3 2017
Phase 1 – Industrial evaluation of technologies by 2022
Phase 2 – Full scale implementation of successful technology, post-2022
All financials to be negotiated based upon technology efficiency, scalability and readiness.
SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK:
NineSigma, representing a Fortune 500 global energy and chemical manufacturer, invites proposals for innovative technologies capable of recovering and re-purposing low grade heat waste generated by their crude oil refinery and petrochemical operations.
Oil refining and petrochemical production can involve a variety of processes occurring at both medium (150°C to 650°C) and high (greater than 650°C) temperatures, making them suitable for a variety of commercially available waste heat recovery technologies.
Conversely, there are other industrial processes that take place at lower temperatures (between 70°C and 150°C). It is for these processes that NineSigma’s client is seeking novel, scalable waste heat reclamation technologies.
The flowchart shows the theoretical locations for low-grade waste heat recovery technologies.
Currently, the overhead towers and columns responsible for the various processing streams are cooled by either air fans or chilled water pipe jacketing and the heat energy is lost. Some estimates suggest that as much as 30% of energy input is used for cooling of these areas.
Depending on the production process, the temperature drop can range from as little 35°C to as much as 135°C.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan Phase 0 – Identification of potential supply partners
Phase 1 – Industrial Evaluation
Phase 2 – Full scale implementation
While NineSigma’s client is primarily interested in establishing a supply agreement with a suitable technology partner, there is potential for alternate business relationships, depending on the nature and maturity of the technology proposed.
Additionally, NineSigma’s client prefers approaches that are either commercially available or nearly so but will consider technologies that require limited development time to achieve the desired performance.
The successful technology will:
Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:
The following approaches are not of interest unless significant breakthroughs have occurred to provide improved reliability and cost:
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APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO THIS REQUEST
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome. For example:
You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.
You represent a company or university that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.
You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial scale.
You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.
You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.