Research into wasted energy in oil refineries

Paul Boughton

A £2.2million grant has been awarded to UK three universities to find a way to make oil refineries more efficient and so cut UK energy bills by millions of pounds each year.

The universities of BathCambridge and Imperial College will work together with oil refining companies to tackle the problem of fouling caused by the presence of certain compounds in crude oil. The grant is from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council .

“The research will have major implications for energy use and environmental protection world-wide” said Professor Barry Crittendenwho is head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. “Reduced energy consumption in the world’s refineries will inevitably lead to reduced emissions of greenhouse gases.”

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