February 2010

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Method could make refineries more efficient Refineries could trim millions of dollars in energy costs annually by using a new method developed at P..

Method could make refineries more efficient Refineries could trim millions of dollars in energy costs annually by using a new method developed at Purdue University to rearrange the distillation sequence needed to separate crude petroleum into products. According to Rakesh Agrawal, a professor at Purdue, the researchers have demonstrated their method on petroleum plants that separate crude, showing that 70 of the new sequences they identified could enable oil refineries to improve the energy efficiency of this step anywhere from 6% to 48%. "This is important because improving efficiency by 10% at a refinery pro

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