Distillation accounts for up to half of an oil refinery's total energy bill. Wherever reflux or reboiler control is not in cascade mode, which is surprisingly common, 5-10% of this energy can potentially be saved, in addition to product quality improvements.
Read these articles about the basics of distillation control and the trade-offs between ARC and MPC:
- Distillaton control: MPC and ARC
- Weighing in on distillation dual temperature control
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