Energy Efficiency and Value Added Products | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The Energy Efficiency and Value-Added Products research portfolio was created in October 2016 during consolidation and restructuring activities within QEERI to enable the integration of energy efficiency into Qatar’s national economy. The portfolio’s research areas and activities are focused on built environment, supply chain management, and value-added products from the oil and gas industry. The main objectives are to provide tools and measures that can help reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 10-20 percent by 2020, optimize container movement in the Qatar New Port, and develop technical collaborations with the oil and gas industry in Qatar, respectively.

Some examples of current research activities within this portfolio at QEERI include energy optimization of district cooling systems, energy-efficient dehumidification of intake air to cooling towers, smart and adaptive AC thermostat, containers port supply chain energy management and optimization, process development and optimization of the Acid Gas Removal (AGR) processes for enhancing sour gas loading and reducing high energy consumption. In addition, developing a catalyst for CO2 conversion to useful products. 

 

1. Energy Efficiency in Built Environment:

This pillar aims to enable the integration and implementation of energy efficiency into the built environment sector in Qatar, and to develop measures, energy management tools and applications that can reduce the current level of energy consumption.

2. Supply Chain Management:

This pillar is focused on the optimization of logistic operations through minimization of energy consumption and vessel berth times with a special emphasis on the New Port Project (NPP) in Qatar

3. Process Development and Optimization:

This pillar’s objective is to utilize every single barrel of crude oil and cubic feet of natural gas processed to produce a high-value product that fulfils a shifting market. 

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Developed the energy-smart thermostat proof of concept (built and tested). This smart thermostat utilizes temperature and humidity conditions to determine a new temperature set point that is either more energy efficient and/or provides more comfort level to the end user. The initial results are promising. A thermostat simulation tool using MATHLAB tool is being built and will be used for further R/D. A patent application has been filed through the IPTT office.

A dynamic model of the liquid-to-air membrane energy exchanger (LAMEE) has been developed using numerical tool (COMSOL) and validated using analytical solution and published data. This model showcases the potential savings from dehumidification of the inlet ambient air to the cooling tower in District Cooling plants.

Developed an efficient method for finding optimal procedure for loading containers from the bay to the vessel. The method has been applied on the standardly used model (Block Relocation Problem). The chosen approach is Ant Colony Optimization.

Developed a techno-economic model for acid gas removal (AGR) that shows high potential savings and an estimated ROI of 5 months. This method utilizes a novel optimization technique for the design and operation parameters of AGR to generate steam through inter-cooling process at absorption stage and from stripper. Two patent disclosures have been filed.

Executed a lab abroad program at TNO research labs (Netherlands) to modify a new combination of potential solvents, VLE measurements were conducted as well. Done ahead of the arrival of laboratory equipment to QEERI.

Functional chemical synthetic lab for the value added products from hydrocarbons to perform synthesis is near conclusion. In addition, significant progress has been made in establishing a functional catalysis and high throughput catalysis laboratory

 

PARTNERSHIPS

KAHRAMAA

Initiated, developed and finalized a two-year research collaboration agreement between QEERI and KAHRAMAA. This agreement is leveraging QEERI expertise on energy efficiency research and development and utilizing KAHRAMAA as the only utility entity in Qatar to provide QEERI with 2-3 testbed facilities for district cooling optimization experimental research activities. The collaboration aims to improve the energy efficiency of district cooling systems by 10-20%, thus reducing energy costs, and minimizing adverse impacts on the environment

Qatar Petroleum (QP)

QEERI and QP have had several meetings and technical discussions to establish a long-term collaboration agreement to conduct specific tasks, activities and analysis, and to assist in all required work in offshore and onshore (Oil, Water and Gas) beyond QP capabilities as needed such as:

  • Gas and oil process engineering, optimization and operation excellence
  • Free consulting operational troubleshooting in gas processing plants
  • Plants Operation Excellence (OE) to achieve lower operational risk, lower operating cost and increased revenues
  • Process optimization for NGL, GLRU and acid gas removal plants
  • Process optimization for gas recycling plants
  • De-flaring studies and pipeline hydraulic studies
  • Three-phase separation studies
  • Crude oil rheology and pipeline start-up studies
  • Other activities related to oil characterization, water analysis, gas analysis, third party lab for corrosion evaluation and material failure
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