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New Brunswick to host first CanmetENERGY English-language process integration workshop


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March 14, 2012

Building on the success of workshops held in Québec over the past two years, CanmetENERGY is expanding its offer to train energy specialists in heat recovery and process integration (PI). The first English-language PI three-day workshop will be held March 27 to 29 in New Brunswick, with workshops to follow in Ontario and Alberta in the fall of 2012.

To date, eight PI workshops have been delivered to more than 100 engineers in Quebec through a partnership with the Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques, and more are scheduled for 2012. “The workshops are designed to transfer knowledge and tools to plant engineers and engineering firms in the area of process integration,” says Eric Soucy, director, industry group, CanmetENERGY, Varennes Research Centre.

The upcoming, free-of-charge, workshop will allow a maximum of 15 participants to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts underlying PI and its importance in improving facility energy efficiency. Soucy notes that for the 2012 PI workshops, several new case studies have been added.

Participants will learn about pinch analysis and setting energy targets and will evaluate energy-efficient technologies for heat recovery potential in heat exchanger networks, steam production, refrigeration and compressed air systems. Practical examples will allow them to work with CanmetENERGY’s PI software Integration. Each participant will leave with a PI toolkit that includes the Integration PI software, a course manual and other practical documents.

Soucy notes that in the series of events to promote PI, Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Office of Energy Efficiency is organizing another webinar for March, and a presentation will be delivered at the annual congress of the Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie at the end of May. “We want to make companies aware of the huge potential savings that come with PI,” concludes Soucy.

Visit CanmetENERGY’s Calendar of Events for more information.


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