Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN

A state-of-the-art optimization algorithm is being developed to apply low-energy distillation processes that allow chemical manufacturers to reduce energy consumption between 10% and 50% at their plants. Purdue researchers will team with an IT company to develop a user-friendly interface for the algorithm and to better address software development and commercialization issues. The resulting distillation configuration tool will be demonstrated at multiple industrial partner sites.