09/03/2022 – Technology / AI / Angara / DecarbonX / Carbon / Emissions / Refinery / Decarbonisation

Angara’s DecarbonX utilises AI to fight global fouling problem and CO2 emissions
Angara’s DecarbonX utilises AI to fight global fouling problem and CO2 emissions

Angara has received a TRL8+ rating from DNV for its DecarbonX programme – an AI-based tech designed to keep Heat Exchangers performing optimally. With it, the firm aims to reduce carbon emissions across various energy-intensive industries by 400 million tons per year (approximately one per cent of global CO2 emissions).

Fouling has been a chronic problem plaguing many high emitting industries (like refining) for centuries. Since the negative effects of fouling were recognised, the only broadly accepted approach has been mechanical cleaning. As this process can only be done off-line, it impacts plant uptime. It also carries physical (HSSE) risks and can only be done with significant time intervals. Another key downside to mechanical cleaning is that the equipment performance declines rapidly resulting in a significant loss of efficiency and a direct increase in CO2 output.

Enter Angara's DecarbonX technology

Netherlands-based tech company Angara used the CERAWeek stage to announce its new AI-driven, smart formula DecarbonX program. Through DecarbonX, the world’s pioneer in Cognitive Cleaning technology effectively solves fouling – a significant legacy problem for many energy-intensive industries – with innovative new AI technology.

Target to reduce CO2 emissions by 400m tons – and create $50bn in savings

DecarbonX utilises proprietary AI-based technology to determine the proper actions and schedules to keep Heat Exchangers performing optimally – to run more efficiently, reduce fuel consumption, improve production yield, and reduce cost – not only every three to five years, but all the time. Coupling Angara's innovative decarbonisation technology with its patented smart chemical recipes, the firm aims to reduce more than 400 million tons of CO2 emissions and to realise US$50 billion in savings per year within the sectors of petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical, and other energy intensive industries globally.

Successful projects for major industry players

In addition to many pilots currently underway, Angara has already completed extensive projects that have not only proven highly successful, but have actually over-delivered results for some of the largest players in the industry. The programme is currently being deployed at scale with clients in Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States.

Reinforcing Angara's list of successful cases is the just released DNV report, which found conclusively the potential for the DecarbonX programme to achieve predicted results. This is evidenced by DNV Report awarding Angara an extremely solid 8+ TRL rating.

According to Angara COO, Petra Koselka, the uptake is a no-brainer, given that the technology offers a practical and commercially attractive solution to abate millions of tons of CO2 emissions. “While the industry focuses on large-scale projects to deliver on energy transition, the imperative remains to significantly decarbonise existing assets now,” he stressed. 

“Our clients benefit from a substantial CO2 reduction, but also an immediate revenue positive, non-CapEx result,” Mr Koselka continued. “Furthermore, given the recent energy security concerns, making assets more energy efficient and carbon cost resilient has become even more critical.”

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