3 Ways AI is Shaping Water Use in the Petrochemical Industry

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February 23, 2021 | Javier Cantu

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Over the last century, petrochemical refining has developed considerably as an industryModern facilities are now advanced, machine-intensive ecosystems that bring heavy machinery and computer technology to those who need to operate them. 

Modern refineries have not only made the job easier for human workers, but they are also enabling new efficiencies safer workplaces. One example of this is the efficient use of water enabled by artificial intelligence (AI). The following are 3 ways AI is shaping water use in the petrochemical industry. 

1. Reducing Energy in Water/Wastewater Treatment Leading To Lowered OPEX  

Treatment of wastewater is a significant step in reducing pollutants and in promoting the quality of the water ecosystem. The nature of the natural settings, influent shock and wastewater treatment technologies contribute to confusion and variability in the treatment systemSuch uncertainties contribute to variations in the quality and operational costs of effluent water, as well as the ecological risk of the recipient waters. 

Artificial intelligence can be an effective method to mitigate these uncertainties and risks associated with the handling of wastewaterAdditionally, it can optimize power usage to reduce the cost of running energy intensive assets such as pumps, blowers and compressors at refineries. It also helps improve water management through system controls, greater sensor integration, real-time analytics, and two-way communication.  

AI-enabled devices at petrochemical facilities are helping companies worldwide reduce energy usage in water and wastewater treatment. In fact, AI can help save up to 30 percent on operational expenditures (OPEX) through reduced energy usage, optimized chemical dosing, and proactive maintenance of assets.  

2. Optimizing Chemical Dosing In Water/Wastewater Treatment to Reduce Costs  

Improper dosing results in excessive chemical costs and premature wear of the equipment The good news is that, by implementing AI, mines can monitor chemical dosing in water/wastewater, maximize metals removal, and make on-site or remote dosage changes Another way AI helps is by optimizing your chemical dosing setpoints. Ultimately, this helps to reduce the cost of consumables.

3. Ensuring Operational and Regulatory Compliance Limits Are Met In Water/Wastewater Treatment  

The third and final way in which AI is shaping water management is by ensuring that operational and regulatory compliance limits are met in water and wastewater treatment. Artificial intelligence (AI) does this by maintaining operational constraints and ensuring that your water and wastewater treatment does not stray outside of compliance limits. 

Innovyze, we can enhance the efficiency of your water and wastewater treatment processes through AI-enabled technologies that not only facilitate water conservation in the petrochemical industry but also enhance water management performance industrial and municipal markets. Get in touch with us today to know more about how we can help you.  


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About the Authors

Javier Cantu

Javier Cantu

Director of AI and Process Optimization


Javier is process optimization engineer at Innovyze and is responsible for client service and engineering solutions for industrial applications. He has 10+ years’ experience in the water and wastewater industry designing, managing, and creating optimization strategies and is currently based out of Los Angeles region.