Renewable Energy Industry

Renewable Energy Industry

Innovative Times

The renewable energy industry has leveraged innovation and execution for long-term sustainability. As an automation and equipment reliability solutions provider, we are excited about the future for this industry. There are numerous drivers to innovation from crop science and cellulosic technologies for Ethanol producers, to growing and harvesting algae for bio-fuels, to improving solar conversion rates, gasification technologies with bio-char, and improved enzymes to name a few. In addition, lower cost oil and natural gas has also provided a challenge and incentive to innovate to thrive.


Manufacturing Ethanol, Bio-Diesel, Bio-Butanol, or Bio-Chemicals often require controlling complex processes, managing regulatory requirements, and creating a knowledge based workforce to be successful. To lead through these challenges, we have seen a desire to move towards top quartile reliability performance, environmental stewardship, and operational excellence.

Our Insight:

We believe that long-term sustainability will be the driver for future success in the renewable energy space. This may drive coproducts and alternate markets at certain times when feedstock prices are higher than normal and produced product demand is lower than forecasted. This is creating an opportunity for those flexible and highly reliable renewable energy producers to create a sustainable competitive advantage for many years to come.

We believe that delivering operational excellence and top quartile reliability will be the keys to long-term success. Our approach is to leverage the Operational Certainty model of Emerson Automation Solutions. Operational Certainty helps drive toward top quartile performance by:

  • Improving Reliability
  • Minimizing Emissions
  • Optimizing Production
  • Ensuring Safety.

We are committed to working as a collaborative community with our customers. By doing so, we can help drive their Operational Certainty, using the Emerson Plantweb Digital Ecosystem as the roadmap to make investment decisions toward improving plant performance.

Our Expertise:

We have been fortunate enough to work with a number of renewable energy producers – Ethanol and Bio-diesel producers that have leveraged our application and controls expertise to improve their business results. With over 80 years serving the multiple industries as a valve, automation, and reliability solutions provider, we have developed expertise and pass that knowledge on while leveraging new innovative approaches that are available with technology. In essence, our strength is continuous learning and executing best practices. Here are some of the areas that are relevant to the Ethanol industry include the following.

  • Optimizing continuous processes around constraints – milling, cooking, liquefaction, distillation, dehydration (Molecular Sieve controls), evaporation, heat exchangers, and blending.
  • Optimizing Fermentation to reduce cycle times and maximize alcohol conversion.
  • Minimizing energy consumed and variability during drying processes.
  • Minimizing fuel burned across the combustion curve for your boilers.
  • Reducing header pressure swings with proven control strategies and expert tuning.
  • Reducing time to trouble-shoot a tripped boiler or thermal oxidizer with our burner management systems (BMS).
  • Protecting vessels with our pressure protection solutions: regulators, pressure relief valves, and tank blanketing.
  • Reducing process variability and increasing service life with valve selection and procurement.
  • Improving process reliability and managing production targets with control system design and procurement (DCS, ICSS, PAS, and PLCs).
  • Reducing process variability with proper control strategy design and implementation services.
  • Improving operator performance with high performance graphic display design (HMI) and implementation.
  • Minimizing nuisance alarms leveraging an alarm management design and implementation process (ISA 18.2)
  • Eliminating or reducing leaks and spills by expert applications of fluid sealing solutions – Application Engineering and product selection mechanical seals, gaskets, and packing.
  • Complying with fugitive emissions requirements with low emissions valve packing.
  • Predictive Maintenance to enable condition monitoring of instruments, valves, and rotating equipment.
  • Protecting your rotating equipment and your personnel with Machinery Protection Systems.
  • Improving communications and access to experts with mobility solutions – mobile worker, DeltaV Mobile, Plantweb Optics, and Electronic Logbooks.
  • Providing historical knowledge for process improvements leveraging process historians – DeltaV and OSIsoft PI.
  • Extending asset life of plant equipment with protective coatings on tanks and metal parts to protect against erosion and corrosion.

Our Offerings:

Operation Certainty – for a sustainable advantage
DeltaV – DCS, SIS, BMS, PAS, ICSS – Greenfield, Brownfield, Expansions, Modernizations
Visualization & Mobility – DeltaV Operate, DeltaV Live, DeltaV Mobile, Mobile Worker, Logbooks, Plantweb Optics
Alarm Management – Alarm Rationalization, DeltaV Alarm Operations, Analyze, Alarm Help, & Alarm Mosaic
Batch Control & Operations – DeltaV Batch, Analytics, Historian, Recipe Studio, Campaign Manager, Recipe Exchange
Advanced Control for Process Variability Reduction and Optimization – DeltaV Insight, Adapt, Fuzzy, Neural, Predict, Predict Pro, EnTech Toolkit, SmartProcess Solutions Application Packages
Equipment & Device Health – AMS Device Manager & Snap-On/s, AMS MHM, Condition monitoring – on-line vibration, DeltaV Diagnostics, DeltaV System Health Monitoring, Back-up & Recovery, Virtualization
Plantweb Advisor Series – Health Advisor, Performance Advisor, Energy Advisor
Historians and Event Tracking – DeltaV Continuous Historian, Advanced Continuous Historian (OSIsoft PI), Enterprise Historian (OSIsoft PI), Event Chronicle, DeltaV Reporter
People Reliability – Learning Programs, Operator Training Simulations (MIMIC)
Support Plans – support plan options – ST100, ST200, ST300, ST400
Final Control – Final Control: Control valves, pressure relief valves, automated valves, isolation valves, actuators, and regulators.
Prediction & protection systems – AMS 6500, AMS 9420, AMS 9330, AMS 2600, AMS 6300, Sensors, Probes, turnkey solutions.
Field Communicators – AMS TREX (Instruments & Valves), AMS 2140 (Vibration Monitoring and Alignment)
Fluid Sealing – Mechanical Seals, Low E packing, Gaskets
Asset Life Extension – Advanced Reinforced Coatings (ARC)
Valve & Instrument Services – Midwest Valve Services, Emerson I&VS
Reliability Services – Vibration Monitoring, Balancing and Alignment, Motion Amplification, 3D Model Analysis.
Plantweb Digital Ecosystem – Industrial Internet Of Things (IIOT)

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