Controlled efficiency: Power controls; biodiesel process simulation; steel

Automation technologies are helping power transmission and a bio-refinery and steel mill in the Baltic Sea, Sweden, and Finland, thanks to separate efforts from ABB, Invensys, and Honeywell.

05/16/2008


Zurich, Switzerland, Plano, TX, and Kuopio, Finland – Automation technologies are helping power transmission and a bio-refinery and steel mill in the Baltic Sea, Sweden, and Finland, thanks to separate efforts from ABB, Invensys, and Honeywell.
Two HVDC (high-voltage, direct current) converter stations for the Fenno-Skan 2 power link in the North Sea will benefit from a $170 million contract from Svenska Kraftnät and Fingrid Oyj, the transmission system operators in Sweden and Finland. The contract was awarded to

ABB

. The stations will be part of an 800-MW extension of the existing 550-MW Fenno-Skan 1 link, delivered by ABB in 1989. ABB will use its HVDC technology and equipment. The contract is part of a larger scheme that includes a 400-kV ac substation in Finnböle, a 70-km dc overhead line in Sweden, and a 200-km submarine cable. For the Fenno-Skan 2 project, ABB will be responsible for system engineering and design, supply, and installation of two HVDC converter stations. Operation is scheduled by the end of 2011.
Swedish bio-refinery SunPine AB , will use

Invensys

SimSci-Esscor's

Pro/II simulation software for modeling

a new biodiesel refining operation in Piteå, Sweden. The plant, a member of the Solander Science park biofuels collaboration, converts crude biooil byproducts of pine pulping into second-generation biodiesel for shipment to diesel refining facilities. "Efficient operation of the distillation column is critical to profitability of biodieselproduction, impacting cost, output and regulatory compliance,” said Magnus Wikman, acting managing director for SunPine AB. “The more accurately we can simulate our operation, the more effectively we can optimize availability and utilization of the distillation column. We are confident that the Pro/II simulation software has all of the functionality that we need for this important objective." SunPine will use a newly patented process to manufacture biodiesel from a main feedstock of crude tall oil (CTO), a byproduct of pine pulping, and combine it with vegetable oils such as Jatropha or Castor to create crude tall diesel (CTD). With environmental approvals in place, SunPine AB will begin construction mid-2008, with biodiesel production start planned for October 2009. 
A production plant operated by Outokumpu , a€6 billion international stainless steel company, expects to boost efficiency of a ferro chrome converter process – a key sub-process in the production of stainless steel. A $2 million contract at a Tornio, Finland, facility has been awarded to

Honeywell

to implement its

Experion Process Knowledge System

with a Process, Machine and Drives (PMD) Controller company. “We selected Honeywell for this important project because it understands our business needs and has solutions that can enhance our company’s performance,” said Mauri Kauppi, general manager of steel melting shop and hot rolling mill, Outokumpu Stainless Oy. “We trust Honeywell to be our partner and value their comprehensive local service and support.” The project is targeted for completion in 2009. Experion will help automate related processes including converter charging, cooling, and management of exhaust gases and blowing. Honeywell will use distributed Profibus fieldbuses in the installation of Experion, to reduce cabling costs and enable support for the latest field devices. The contract includes basic and field planning from Honeywell, as well as configuration services.
Control Engineering News Desk
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
Detecting security breaches: Forensic invenstigations depend on knowing your networks inside and out; Wireless workers; Opening robotic control; Product exclusive: Robust encoders
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.