Haldor Topsoe announces alliance with Honeywell, launches ClearView connected service for refineries

Haldor Topsoe announces alliance with Honeywell, launches ClearView connected service for refineries
Published: 6 March 2019 - 7 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

Haldor Topsoe and Honeywell announced a technology alliance to expand the benefits of connected services to a broader range of the chemical and refining industries. As a product of this alliance, Topsoe has launched ClearView – a breakthrough service to maximise plant output, save energy, and improve reliability.

Using Honeywell’s cloud-based software platform, the ClearView service gathers operating data from the plant, cleanses the data, applies Haldor Topsoe’s tools and experience, and delivers performance-enhancing insights straight to the plant’s process engineers and managers.

“As a global market leader in catalysts and technology, we are thrilled to offer our customers a service that puts our decades of experience at their fingertips every hour of every day.Using Honeywell’s proven software platform and tools, ClearView applies Topsoe’s unique insights and allows our experts to work more closely with plant engineers to meet critical performance targets and reduce the risk of unplanned shutdowns,” said Bjerne S Clausen, CEO, Haldor Topsoe.

Haldor Topsoe’s proprietary modelling and simulation tools have been constantly updated and refined to design increasingly energy-efficient and reliable plants and help customers optimise existing production and catalyst utilisation. Now, the ClearView service gives Topsoe customers continuous access to these tools to increase the profitability of their plants. As part of the service, Topsoe engineers follow plant performance and proactively guide the customers’ plant engineers in optimising performance and quickly addressing operational issues based on output from the ClearView service.

“In essence, ClearView constitutes a completely new way for plant personnel and Topsoe experts to join forces in pursuing optimal utilisation of a plant, or a unit,” said Michael Fjording, director, Connected Services, Haldor Topsoe.

“The ClearView Service is a great addition to the Honeywell Connected Plant partner ecosystem, because it meets a growing need in a broader area of the chemicals and refining processes,” said Zak Alzein, vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s Connected Performance Services business.

“The technology alliance with Topsoe leverages the power of the connected plant and brings the deep domain expertise of Topsoe into a growing partner network.”

Honeywell Connected Plant solutions is already well-proven, as such solutions have been deployed, or are in the process of being deployed in more than 60 customers’ process units.

The first ClearView service has been developed specifically to boost ammonia production. ClearView services for other segments in the chemical and refining industries will follow.

How the ClearView service works is explained as: (1) At the plant site, operating data is continuously collected and sent to the ClearView service in the cloud. (2) ClearView uses error-detection and correction algorithms to improve the accuracy of data and calculates the plant’s current operating parameters. (3) The ClearView service then feeds the data through the ‘digital twin’ made up of Topsoe’s proprietary simulation and modelling tools to determine how to improve production and catalyst utilisation, and reduce energy consumption. (4) Via intuitive online dashboards, the ClearView service shows the plant’s current operating conditions, recommends measures to optimise performance, alerts users to potential problems, and guides users to actionable countermeasures. (5) Topsoe engineers follow plant performance and engage into proactive, continuous dialogue with plant engineers to ensure that insights are turned into action in the best possible way.

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