February 2001

Utilities/Heat Transfer

Guidelines help energy engineers and managers

Here are new guidelines, checklists and an integrated approach for a successful energy conservation program

Goyal, O. P., Visiting Faculty, Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology

Experience has shown that it is technically challenging, economically rewarding and professionally satisfying to identify energy loss areas and take conservation measures as a comprehensive program. Here is a list of guidelines with consolidated checklists. Incentives. Petroleum refineries consume about 3-4% of their hydrocarbon throughput, depending on refinery complexity. This figure goes up to 6-8% if they have captive power generation units with or without cogeneration. In any case, about 1% accounts for hydrocarbon loss. In petrochemical plants, energy-in the form of both heat and power-constitutes about 10-20% of total production cost. A hydrocarbon processor maki

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