Technology webinars

Within this section we feature a range of webinars relevant to EECA BUSINESS.

University of Waikato webinars

 University of Waikato training courses

Reducing Process Heat Use - Heat Exchanger Network Retrofit

Given rigorous thermal energy performance targets, the next task is to focus on retrofitting the unit operations and processes that have the greatest potential for increases in heat savings. This webinar presents a systematic method for determining how best to retrofit a heat exchanger network to lifts its performance.

Retrofits includes adding area (or enhancement) to existing heat exchangers, adding a new heat exchanger, splitting a stream, and re-piping existing heat exchangers. Industrial examples of the application of network retrofit are presented to demonstrate the method.

 

Webinar - Reducing Process Heat Use - Heat Exchanger Network Retrofit - November 2016

Control Optimisation - Fan System Tuning

Fan system efficiency is dependent on much more than just the efficiency of the fan itself. Following on from previous webinars we will explore the importance of fan system control, including the use of multiple fans in series and parallel and how significant gains can be made from correctly tuning the system.

Using several industrial case studies this webinar explores the additional spill over benefits of a well-tuned fan system in terms of process yield, product quality, maintenance and reliability improvements as well as energy efficiency savings. The material will also be applicable to large HVAC systems as well as general process engineering related applications.

Webinar - Control Optimisation - Fan System Tuning - 5th October 2016

Reducing Process Heat Use - Performance Targets

Minimising thermal energy use through improved energy efficiency is a critical method for increasing plant profitability and long-term sustainability. Going beyond housekeeping measures and simple waste energy recovery projects can be difficult to know where to start.

This webinar presents a systematic method, Pinch Analysis, for determining process heat performance targets. These targets are useful for identifying which unit operations and processes are the most inefficient and are therefore the first place to investigate further. Industrial examples of the application of Pinch Analysis are presented to demonstrate the method.

Webinar - Reducing Process Heat Use - Performance Targets - 21st September 2016

Understanding Water Hammer in Steam and Condensate Systems

Much of the process heating requirements of industry are supplied via steam systems, with substantial efficiency gains to be made in most installations. One of the single biggest challenges facing operators of steam systems is dealing with water hammer and the danger it can pose to piping, equipment and people.

This webinar provides an overview of the four different types of water hammer and how it is caused and can this be prevented. Applications to both steam and condensate systems are covered.

Webinar - Understanding Water Hammer in Steam and Condensate Systems - 7th September 2016

Fan System Duct Design - System Troubleshooting

Fan system efficiency is dependent on much more than just the efficiency of the fan itself. The design and configuration of ducting can determine a significant portion of the load on the fan(s) in terms of static pressure (head) requirements, with much of this load being unnecessary with correct attention to detail at the design phase. Poor duct design can also compromise the performance of individual unit operations, such as heaters/coolers, cyclones and bag houses as well as directly impacting on process efficiency, quality and yields.

Using several industrial case studies this webinar explores the secrets to good process air duct design with the view to apply these learnings to both new and existing installations. The material will also be relevant to those that operate large HVAC systems will substantial airflows passing through heat exchangers and filter banks.

Webinar - Fan System Duct Design - System Troubleshooting - 24th August 2016

Flow control of Pump Systems

There are numerous flow control methods available for pump systems and the overall efficiency and energy use of the system can be dramatically affected by the method employed. Each method has its place but selecting the appropriate method requires consideration of the system requirements (flow and pressure) and any variability. Much of the inefficiencies in pump systems arise from using suboptimal flow control methods and the related issue of pump oversizing. This webinar reviews common flow control strategies and discuss the relative merits and applications of these strategies.

Webinar - Flow Control of Pump Systems - 10th August 2016

In depth Cast Studies - Sizing Compressed Air Systems

When considering the supply side of a compressed air system, one of the biggest sources of efficiency losses is the incorrect sizing of the compressors themselves. This applies to both single and multiple compressor installations. Using in-depth case studies this webinar addresses how to correctly size compressed air system equipment, both large and small, for both existing and green field applications. The opportunities associated with replacing existing equipment will also be addressed.

Webinar - In depth Case Studies - Sizing Compressed Air Systems - 27 July 2016

Sizing Compressed Air Systems - How to get it right

When considering the supply side of a compressed air system, one of the biggest sources of efficiency losses is the incorrect sizing of the compressors themselves. This applies to both single and multiple compressor installations. Assuming that the demand for compressed air has already been minimised, this webinar uses case studies drawn from both existing and green field installations to provide a blueprint for correctly sizing compressors and associated auxiliary equipment.

Webinar - Sizing Compressed Air Systems - How to get it right - 13th July 2016

Industrial Boiler Corrosion Deposition Failures

The most efficient plant or process is a reliable plant or process, and these certainly applies to industrial boilers and process heat equipment. The webinar discusses the most common chemistry related deposition and corrosion problems that occur in industrial boilers and outline actions that can be taken to eliminate or minimize these problems to ensure reliable, trouble free operation. Pitting, overheating, flow accelerated corrosion and other mechanisms is discussed in detail. The webinar will be of interest to energy managers, operational and maintenance personal, technical staff, and engineers.

This webinar, sponsored by the EECA Business programme, is presented by David Addison, Director of Thermal Chemistry Limited.

 

 Webinar - Industrial Boiler Corrosion Deposition Failures - 29 June 2016

Making Effective Fan System Measurements

One of the first steps in identifying improvement opportunities in fan systems is to make effective measurements, including pressure, temperature, humidity, flow rates and other relevant system performance indicators. It is equally important to make sure that the actual purpose of the system is clearly understood and not just the raw energy inputs. This webinar reviews different data collection methods and how these can be applied to a range of industrial applications using several case studies.

The Webinar is presented by Dr James Neale, a Senior Mechanical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre.

 

 Webinar - Making Effective Fan System Measurements - 15 June 2016

Flash Steam Fundamentals

Much of the process heating requirements of industry are supplied via steam systems, with substantial efficiency gains to be made in most installations. One of the least understood aspects of steam systems is the role of flash steam and the losses associated with poor condensate management. This webinar provides a useful introduction to flash steam, how it can be better utilised. The implications to the correct design of condensate management systems are also covered.

This webinar, sponsored by the EECA Business programme, will be presented by Dr James Neale, a Senior Mechanical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre.

 

 Webinar - Flash Steam Fundamentals - 01 June 2016

Compressed Air System Demand: Needs v Actual Usage

The single biggest saving in most industrial compressed air systems is demand side (point of use) savings from leaks, artificial demand, inappropriate use and peak load management. Identifying these opportunities is easy; however navigating how to make a meaningful change in demand can be difficult. This webinar will explore several ways to differentiate between how much compressed air you need against what is actually being used. Several case studies will be used to demonstrate how to identify and quantify these opportunities so that the opportunities can be justified and implemented.

Sponsored by the EECA Business programme, this webinar is presented by Dr James Neale, a Senior Mechanical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre.

 

 Webinar - Compressed Air System Demand: Needs v Actual Usage - 18 May 2016

Pump Curves and Pump Sizing

It is estimated that as many as 75% of industrial pumps are oversized and as a result pump systems are operated at far from optimal conditions. Much of the problem is caused due to incorrectly sizing of the pump during pump selection. Oversizing pumps leads to significant increases in initial capital expenditure, energy and maintenance costs. This webinar will address the reasons why so many pumps are oversized and the impact this has on total life cycle costs. Industry case studies will be used to illustrate the increase cost associated with oversizing pumps and ways to avoid common mistakes in pump sizing and how to address existing oversized pump systems. The webinar will be of interest to energy managers, operational and maintenance personal, technical staff, and engineers.

Sponsored by the EECA Business programme, this webinar is presented by Dr Martin Atkins, a Senior Chemical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre.

Webinar - Pump curves and Pump Sizing - 04 May 2016

Reducing Process Heat Use (Level 1)

Minimising thermal energy use through improved energy efficiency is a critical method for increasing plant profitability and long-term sustainability. However realising thermal efficiency improvements requires investment of resources, capital, effort, and time. The degree of investment and the level of process assessment becomes an important determinant of the potential for process energy savings. This webinar presents a basic assessment method (Level 1) for determining and prioritising businesses cases for simple waste heat recovery projects. Two successful industrial case studies are also presented to demonstrate how energy engineers and technicians can begin to search for first-cab-off-the-rank opportunities to reduce process heat use.

Sponsored by the EECA Business programme, this webinar is presented by Dr Timothy Walmsley, a Chemical Engineer from the University of Waikato Energy Research Centre.

Webinar - Reducing Process Heat Use - (Level 1) - 20 April 2016

Refrigeration Systems - getting the basics right

Refrigeration is a vital technology for New Zealand’s economy, but it is also energy intensive, and can be very costly when refrigerated facilities are not properly sized or managed. In this webinar we discuss the basics of good refrigeration practice including correct understanding of heat loads, the need for air movement, the need to minimise moisture ingress into the refrigerated space and general guides for maximising the energy efficiency of a refrigerated facility.

Sponsored by the EECA Business programme, this webinar is presented by Dr James Carson, a Senior Chemical Engineer from the University Of Waikato School Of Engineering.

Webinar - Refrigeration systems - getting the basics right - 6 April 2016

Variable Speed Drives

 

Webinar - Variable Speed Drives - 16 March 2016

Fan Curves, Systems Curves and how they intersect

 

Webinar - Fan Curves, Systems Curves and how they intersect

Industrial Boiler Water Treatment and chemistry - An Introduction

Controlling corrosion and deposition within any industrial boiler is critical to ensuring safe, reliable and efficient operation, but is often shrouded in mystery. For most industrial boilers this task is carried out with the use of expensive and proprietary chemical treatments, but not always well executed. The basis of effective industrial boiler water chemistry control is normally well understood, but when carried out incorrectly leads to avoidable increases in operating costs, plant pressure equipment failures & forced outages and potential contamination of downstream equipment.

This webinar will introduce the fundamentals of industrial boiler water treatment; including makeup water treatment, corrosion control, deposition control, blow down control, and carryover control. The webinar will be of interest to energy managers, operational and maintenance personal, technical staff, and engineers.

 

Webinar - Industrial Boiler Water Treatment and Chemistry  - An Introduction -

3rd February 2016

Off Design Pump Systems

Fan systems are large energy users at many industrial and commercial sites, with numerous opportunities to make significant energy saving improvements, often through relatively minor and inexpensive system modifications or control set point adjustments. With most fans integrated into complex systems it is critical to understand the system as a whole to ensure an optimal outcome, beyond just the basic energy savings.

This webinar will outline the fundamental principles of establishing your system curve, and how fan selection and fan control strategies can impact on the stability and efficiency of the system as a whole. Several industrial case studies will be used to demonstrate the use of systems curve analysis to make gains in system capacity (de-bottlenecking), reliability and energy efficiency. It will be of interest to energy managers, operational and maintenance personal, technical staff, and engineers.


Webinar - Off Design Pump Systems - 3rd February 2016

Industrial fan systems assessment for energy reduction - getting started

Webinar: 30th September, 2015
Trainer: Dr James Neale
Duration: 1 hr

 

 

Pump Systems Assessment for Energy Reduction - An Introduction

Webinar: 14 October, 2015
Trainer: Dr Martin Atkins

 

 

Industrial Process Heat - An Introduction

Webinar:   28 October, 2015
Trainer: Dr Martin Atkins

 

 

Industrial Process Cooling - An Introduction

Webinar:  11 November, 2015
Trainer: Dr James Carson

 

 

Steam Systems Energy Efficiency - Getting Started

Webinar:  25 November, 2015 10am
Trainer: Dr James Neale

 

 

Compressed Air Systems Energy Efficiency - Getting Started

Webinar:  9th December, 2015
Trainer: Dr James Neale