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Honeywell announces winner of 2014 UniSim Design Student Challenge

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Honeywell Process Solutions has announced that two students from Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University have been names joint winners of the annual Honeywell UniSim® Design Student Challenge for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Ahmed Abdullah Al-Maimani and Mohammed Naser Al-Kindi, both engineering students, will showcase their winning submission to more than 1000 attendees at the 2014 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) EMEA in the Hague on 12 November 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 of ammonia production.

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

The students’ paper, entitled ‘Production of Synthetic Methane, Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide Byproducts from Ammonia Plants’, concluded that it is possible to produce synthetic methane from these byproducts 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.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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