CEO Presents on Flare Compliance and Monitoring at AIChE Baton Rouge Spring Seminar

Updated: Jul 13, 2018

Yousheng Zeng, PhD, PE, Providence Photonics’ CEO, presented two topics at AIChE’s Spring Seminar on Friday May 18, 2018. The one-day seminar featured combustion technology topics presented by local consultants and industry specialists.

Zeng presents to the Baton Rouge AIChE Summer 2018 audience

In the afternoon session, Dr. Zeng covered flare compliance regulations, “An Overview of New Flare Compliance Regulations for Refineries – A Consultant’s Presentation.” Refineries only have until January 30, 2019 to bring flares into compliance with new § 63.670 “Requirements for Flare Control”.

Following this presentation, Dr. Zeng discussed the current state of flare monitoring systems. Until recently, there has been no instrument that can directly monitor flare performance and provide feedback to optimize flare operations. But with Providence Photonics’ new patented technology, “Video Imaging Spectral Radiometry” (VISR), flare combustion efficiency is monitored directly, remotely, autonomously, and continuously. It also monitors smoke in the flare flame. With both combustion efficiency and smoke level information, an operator can achieve “incipient smoke point” operation, which has the highest combustion efficiency without smoke, and have the lowest energy consumption and emissions. VISR can be integrated into flare instrumentation to achieve close loop control.

Learn more about this new rule, flare monitoring systems, and Dr. Zeng’s presentation:

About the Presenter

Zeng presents on flare compliance and monitoring at the AIChE Baton Rouge Summer Seminar 2018

Dr. Zeng received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering in 1990 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an author/co-author of 21 peer-reviewed journal articles and an inventor/co-inventor of 15 patents or pending patents. He was adjunct professor from 1996 to 2001 at Southern Methodist University teaching graduate level courses on air pollution control. Dr. Zeng served on three committees/panels under the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board. In recent years, he has been working on Infrared imaging-based technologies to detect, measure, and control hydrocarbon emissions.

About the Organization

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