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The Industrial Processing Equipment Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about fluid and gas handling equipment; thermal processing; solids handling; and filtration, separation and recycling. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Is Hydro Fracking Causing Earthquakes?

Posted January 24, 2012 9:57 AM

A seismologist with Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. claims that the recent earthquake near Youngstown, Ohio was caused by the injection of fracking wastewater near a fault line. There's no shortage of controversy about the effects of hydro fracking, but can the activity cause something as demonstrative as a tremor? Is there enough information to move forward with the process or is more research necessary?

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Will Carbon Sequestration Solve Greenhouse Gas Problem?

Posted December 30, 2011 7:14 AM

The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) has begun injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) under the ground near Decatur, IL, becoming the first project in the U.S. to sequester a million tons of the greenhouse gas. Is carbon sequestration the answer to our emissions problem? What happens if the organization that originally stored the carbon can no longer monitor it? Are there other long term effects that aren't being considered?

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32 comments; last comment on 06/13/2012
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Is Your Plant Secure?

Posted November 25, 2011 7:30 AM

Chemical processing plants face serious safety and security issues, from threats of terrorism to simple maintenance mistakes. Improving safety and security requires more than just having the right equipment and running the right automation or monitoring software. An editorial from Chemical Processing argues that keeping your plant safe also involves improving corporate culture and cyber security. Is everyone at your plant part of the safety and security protocols? Do you require background checks on all vendors and contractors? What about surveillance?

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Safety Problems for Biomass?

Posted October 28, 2011 8:32 AM

An explosion at the University of South Carolina's heating plant has raised concerns about the safety of biomass-based boiler systems. While biomass is gaining ground as a viable fuel source for industrial processing, is the technology tried and tested enough to ensure its safety? And, are biomass-based systems really more efficient in the long run when problematic mechanical failures contribute to the cost of operation?

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22 comments; last comment on 10/31/2011
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What's Your Energy Future Look Like?

Posted October 14, 2011 7:54 AM

Some companies are recycling their exhaust air to make their own electricity. Others are installing wind turbines to supply energy to the plant. Still others are optimizing their drive systems to improve efficiency. Could you use existing mechanical systems to harvest waste wind or maybe upgrade your motors to high-performance models? How is your plant making the move to a more sustainable future?

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Do You Work for a "Zero Landfill" Company?

Posted September 30, 2011 7:51 AM

Consumer brands giant Unilever is working to recycle 97% of its waste and reuse the remaining 3% for energy production, making it a "zero landfill" company. The company is using the famous "3 R's" mantra: reduce, reuse, and recycle. They have reduced their total waste in manufacturing by 77% since 1995, setting an impressive sustainability standard. Can your company match Unilever's dedication to these ecological goals?

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