liquified gas Charlotte

Cruising Into a Future with LNG

Image source: Travel Weekly In mid-April, I attended GasTech 2017 in Tokyo. The focus of GasTech was Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and its impact on the world’s energy balance, carbon emissions, and technology. Now, I didn’t take a cruise ship all of the way from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Japan, but there are some interesting overlaps between LNG and cruising. Why Liquefied Natural Gas First, we need to understand LNG and its growing market share. LNG is an odorless, colorless and…


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 and CPI process 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)…


Solid-Liquid Filtration

Fireworks & Filtration. Happy 2016.

  New Year’s fireworks in Singapore, a place I enjoyed visiting this year for Gastech. Photo credit: williamcho / Foter.com / CC BY-SA With 2015 drawing to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year. The release of the first edition of my Solid-Liquid Filtration Practical Guide for Chemical Engineers prompted me to start this blog. So far, it’s been great. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to expand on my belief that good solid-liquid filtration process engineers proceed with…


Let's Get Rating!

Image credit: .reid. / Foter / CC BY College Football has its AP Poll, Coaches Poll and the BCS. College Basketball uses the RPI-Rating Percentage Index and Strength of Schedule. Soccer sees teams ranked by FIFA based on their success in their games over a four year period. Plus we use rankings to decide on what restaurant to go to, what beer or wine to drink, what movie to see or rent.. So where is the common standard for Filter Ratings? Without one standard rating system for SLS technology…


So Many Choices. Where to Begin?

Photo credit: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Selecting the right type of filtration equipment to use in liquid and solid separation is its own kind of sleuthing. With such a wide range of equipment available, and only several basic principles of solid/liquid separation (pressure, vacuum and centrifugation), there are many considerations to weigh in determining the best, most cost effective, and efficient choice for a given situation. Making this choice also requires you to be…