Students from Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University Look at How Synthetic Byproducts Can Boost the Efficiency of Ammonia Plants

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Process Solutions announced today that two students from Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University have been named joint winners of the annual Honeywell  UniSim® Design Student Challenge for the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region.

Ahmed Abdullah Al-Maimani and Mohammed Nasr Al-Kindi, both engineering students at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman, will showcase their winning submission to more than 1,000 attendees at the 2014 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) EMEA today in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Al-Maimani’s and Al-Kindi’s research paper investigated ways to reduce the emissions of hydrogen and carbon dioxide, which are main by-products in ammonia production.

“This project embodies the sort of creative yet considered thinking we need more of in the process industries,” said Ali Raza, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Process Solutions’ Advanced Solutions business. “Using UniSim Design, Al-Maimani and Al-Kindi have created a clever solution for the process efficiency of ammonia plants. Potentially this could benefit a wide range of global companies.”

The student’s paper, entitled Production of Synthetic Methane Hydrogen & Carbon Dioxide Byproducts from Ammonia Plants, concluded it is possible to produce synthetic methane from these by-products and recycle it back into the plant in order to reduce the amount of natural gas required for certain production levels. The students’ research was supported by Sultan Qaboos University’s Dr. Ashish M. Gujarathi, who is also attending HUG.

Honeywell’s UniSim Design Student Challenge seeks to recognize some of the most talented engineering students around the world. It challenges students to solve real-world problems facing industrial processing plants by using Honeywell’s UniSim Design process simulation and design software, which is used by manufacturers throughout the globe. Winners earn the chance to present their research projects to many of the world’s top manufacturers, and potential employers, at HUG.

Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite provides an interactive process model that allows engineers to create steady-state and dynamic models and is used extensively for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational improvement, business planning, and asset management around the world. UniSim Design models may be leveraged into advanced training and optimization solutions provided by the UniSim Operations and UniSim Optimization suites.

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