When flammable or combustible atmospheres are present, uncontrolled discharges of static electricity are potentially dangerous or even catastrophic. A significant portion of industrial explosions and fires are attributable to static electricity each year. In theory, controlling static electricity by grounding potential sources is simple, but in practice, doing so effectively requires thorough knowledge of... More
"As long as fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries play dominant roles in our economies, carbon capture and storage (CCS) will remain a critical greenhouse gas reduction solution. With coal and other fossil fuels remaining dominant in the fuel mix, there is no climate friendly scenario in the long run without CCS." So begins the 2013 edition of the Technology Roadmap — Carbon Capture... More
The world’s largest environmental technology trade show, IFAT (www.ifat.de), takes place in Munich May 5–9. A record of nearly 3,000 companies from 50 countries are presenting innovations and services in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, covering some 230,000 m2 of exhibition space. What follows is a small sample of new products being exhibited at the show. Bürkert Werke This modular analyzer measures water... More
Big-time security threats and breaches, like the recent Target data breach involving confidential consumer information, remind us of how vulnerable our interconnectivity makes us. And yet, the advantages of the technological advances that we enjoy are so many that there is no turning back. In his keynote presentation at the recent ARC Industry Forum (February 2014; Orlando, Fla.; www.arc.com), ARC Advisory Group president Andy Chatha described how... More
About thirty years ago, my golf foursome learned an important safety lesson and we credited the Dalai Lama. We were all big fans of the movie “Caddyshack.” In that movie, Bill Murray’s character talks about caddying in the Himalayans for the Dalai Lama and states, “So I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one — big hitter, the Lama — long — into a ten thousand foot... More
The chemical process industries (CPI) are, by their very nature, global in scope. While chemical process operators share many common...