KBC has a team of subject matter experts which cover the relevant process areas: Hydrogen Plant, Reforming, Molecular Management, Constraint Management, Hydrogen Loses and Hydrogen Recovery.
In the current energy and decarbonization context, hydrogen is becoming an increasingly critical utility. KBC has a systematic approach to understand your hydrogen context, optimize the existing facilities and develop your future strategy to maximize ROI.
To optimize the existing and the future hydrogen network, it is crucial to consider the following aspects to make the best decisions:
KBC uses its 4DS proven methodology for Hydrogen Management. The first step is Define: in this case it is crucial to balance the hydrogen network as a first step to understand the current operation and performance.
Using common sense and expertise, analyse:
KBC develops process models, which will support the identification and evaluation of opportunities according to the business context and strategic objectives:
KBC offers expert support for the implementation of the operational improvements and the evaluation of the results achieved. However, for a sustained value capture, the optimized solution needs to be updated: this solution will also change due to changing values of fuel, power, and unit operating margins.
An advanced digitalized hydrogen and energy management system performs a real time optimization for the whole site:
Improving hydrogen management is an important part of any decarbonization strategy. In our two-part webinar series, we discuss the costs of grey, blue and green hydrogen production. We go on to explain what most refineries are missing in their hydrogen network management, how to implement a hydrogen network optimization strategy and the best tools available for that purpose.
Hydrogen management can have a significant effect on refinery utility supply. Real-time optimization of hydrogen production in conjunction with steam, power and fuels can yield significant savings opportunities for the refinery.
In order to consider the interaction of hydrogen with the fuel system, a compositional model of the fuel must be included. Solving and optimizing the energy and hydrogen balances at the same time is key to ensuring consistency with operations and constraints handling.
This paper describes how an integrated model optimizing the utilities and their interaction with a hydrogen system has been implemented in a real industrial environment. The main project steps are explained, and critical details highlighted to ensure successful use. It also presents real examples in which the cost of the site-wide utilities of a production site, i.e. steam, fuels, boiler feed water, hydrogen and electricity, are optimized with a real-time, online software system.