Scaling Upwards & Onwards

Next weekend is Super Bowl Sunday.  Let me know who you are picking and what type of food you are serving.  I will have my menu posted next month.

Technology is always changing. That is part of what makes our job so interesting. Keeping up with new processes helps us to stay on our toes.

The AICHE recently focused a special section on Scaling Up Bioenergy Technologies. Author David Edwards noted that, “the approach developed for the traditional chemical process industries (CPI) projects must be modified to account for the challenges (changes) in the fluids and solids for bioenergy (biochemical) processes.”

We’ve experienced this need to modify our approach at BHS-Sonthofen in lab testing, pilot testing, and scaling up for continuous biochemical processes. We’ve worked to develop optimum continuous pressure and vacuum filtration technologies for biochemical applications.

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The important thing was to test, test, test. Yes, I’ve written that before. But Edwards would agree. He suggested skipping a step in a CPI process is possible if there’s sufficient data beforehand, but you simply can’t with biochemical processes.

It’s true. The process is too new. You need to get a full understanding of what you’re dealing with throughout the process to truly make these new technologies work. Good luck. Let me know if I can help.

Filtering Forward

Welcome to 2016; hope everyone had a safe, healthy and enjoyable New Year.

Anyone who has been in the industry long enough knows that politics play a role in the directions taken in advancing technology. In February, Bloomberg examined the Obama administration’s decision to walk away from clean coal in favor of wind, solar, and natural gas efforts.

I was proud to see one of our clients, SaskPower, touted as a full-scale clean-coal plant. SaskPower’s Boundary Dam doesn’t simply bury its emissions. The plant sells its carbon dioxide to an oil company that in turn transforms the compressed gas into a marketable byproduct.

Learn more about carbon capture in Canada:

Now, I’m not trying to wade into the politics of clean coal. Rather what this article made me think about is the importance of educating our future generations in Science/Technology/Engineering/Math. We need to keep encouraging our young people to learn more about STEM and become involved in developing the technologies that make the difference in the future of emissions, fuel production, and filtration.

BHS works with Universities for laboratory filtration testing, conducting filtration seminars and working with students on their senior or graduate-level projects.  Contact me if you have an idea for how we can get involved.