The French Society of Process Engineering (Société Française de Génie des Procédés – SFGP), ProcessNet (an initiative from DECHEMA and VDI-GVC) and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) organized a workshop on March 19-20, 2012 in Lyon France on the industrial use of molecular thermodynamics.The workshop attracted approximately 120 participants with a fair representation of industrial companies such as Neste Oy, ThyssenKrupp Uhde, DSM, DuPont, Statoil, Huntsman, Rhodia-Solvay, Arkema or Michelin. Several CO-LaN member companies were also represented: ProSim SA, Cosmologic GmbH, DECHEMA e.V., DTU CERE, Virtual Material Group, TOTAL, Process Systems Enterprise, Air Liquide, Processium and IFPEN.
CO-LaN presentation described the recent delivery by CO-LaN of source code examples for thermodynamic components and how this delivery addresses the issue of helping organizations to develop CAPE-OPEN compliant software.
CAPE-OPEN technology was mentioned a few times during the workshop especially by Dr Georgios FOLAS from Statoil ASA who gave a talk on “Advanced models in industrial praxis from process design to process optimization“. Dr FOLIAS stated: “In order to enhance the capabilities of the company and to overcome shortcomings of commercial simulators, either CO packages or stand alone tools are being utilized…” During his talk, Dr FOLIAS enphasized the need for Statoil to implement new tools in a way that can be easily utilized by their process engineers and CAPE-OPEN packages were presented as such a solution. Dr FOLIAS gave an example of use of the CPA model from CERE as a CAPE-OPEN component in the case of hydrate inhibition by MEG. As a conclusion to that part Dr FOLIAS pointed to the need of “making use of advanced models instead of what is available usually in commercial simulators”. In the final conclusion to the talk Statoil was mentioned as highly focused in making advanced models fully available/accessible to engineers in a CAPE-OPEN format.