Carbon Capture Model Wins UniSim Student Competition

University of Edinburgh Student Awarded Top Prize

By Keith Larson

At the opening session of Honeywell Process Solutions' EMEA Users Group meeting in Istanbul, the company announced the winner of its fifth annual student competition dedicated to encouraging design and innovation in the process industry. This year's EMEA competition, which focused on the use of Honeywell's dynamic process simulation technology, UniSim Design, was won by Davide Bocciardo from the University of Edinburgh, for his entry "Customising UniSim Design: Membrane Separation and its Application to Carbon Capture."

Bocciardo was presented with his award by Orhan Genis, vice president of sales for Honeywell Process Solutions' EMEA region. As winner of the 2012 competition, Bocciardo attended the full three-day conference and shared his winning ideas with Honeywell's EMEA customers and partners. In addition, Bocciardo's professor and project advisor, Stefano Brandani, will be able to choose a training course for himself or a colleague at his nearest Honeywell world-class automation college.

Davide's winning entry focused on the use of a UniSim-based simulation to model membrane separation applied to the post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide, as an alternative to the conventional method of solvent-based capture.

"Once again this year, we've been overwhelmed with the outstanding quality and creativity of the responses to our annual design competition," said Genis. "To see the next generation of young engineers, such as Davide, apply such aptitude, intelligence and flair to the call of 'doing more with less' is immensely satisfying. Only by exposing young talent to the latest technology and tools available, will they be equipped to address the future challenges of this fast-paced and constantly evolving industry."

UniSim Design Suite is a process modeling solution that enables engineers to create steady-state and dynamic models for plant and control design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational improvement, business planning and asset management. UniSim Design models can be leveraged into advanced training and optimization solutions using Honeywell's UniSim Operations and UniSim Optimization suites.

For further information on Honeywell's annual student competition, visit

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