The Separations focus area at ICAM is looking at improving a range of processes used in the energy industry. These separation processes occupy a large portion of the industry’s activities, both financially and energetically (US Dept. Energy, 2015).
The separation of chemicals is fundamental to almost all industrial processes, but the use of chemical separation and purification can be extremely energy intensive. A significant portion of all energy consumed globally is used in chemical separation processes (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2005).
Improving the efficiency of separation processes, or eliminating steps through improved separations earlier in the process, would result in significant cost and energy savings and carbon emissions reductions.