Expansion of the Tablet PC Portfolio for Hazardous Areas

The extremely robust devices are splashproof and can withstand extreme temperatures. Equipped with a display that is readable in direct sunlight and a powerful quad-core processor, they allow for fast work with the latest applications, offer numerous configuration options for corporate use and have an extremely long standby time. This can be extended even further by the replaceable battery, which ensures uninterrupted field work. In addition, the devices have NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 and two powerful cameras. The Lumen X4 may also be also equipped with an optional high-performance scanner for bar code scanning with a 1D/2D imager or for the detection of RFID HF tags.

World Congress on Petroleum Processing, Petrochemistry and Chemical Engineering

Theme: Straddling the gap between miles & milestone

Conference Series seeks your gracious presence at this colossal congregation of the world of Chemical Sciences at the “World Congress on Petroleum Processing, Petrochemistry and Chemical Engineering’’ during November 09-10, 2018, at Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Petroleum Processing 2018 is being organized with the theme of: Straddling the gap between miles & milestone.

Petroleum Processing 2018 assures its attendees of a platform, perfect for the exchange and sharing of invaluable knowledge, research findings and experiences that can happen with clarity as that of a crystal. Basics-new & old, emerging technologies, their “know-hows” and their impact on the present scenario of the Petroleum industries are some of the few knowledges that can be noted under the “to-be-gained-in-conference” list. Explore & Experience the words and beyond the lines from the notable speakers’ presentations, exhibition desks and posters-all related to the minutes of the concerned fields of the colloquium.

The conference is going to include prompt Keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations, Workshops, Symposiums and Exhibitions.

Petroleum refineries generally converts much of the barrel of crude oil into transportation fuels which is economically practical. Refineries produce many profitable products such as the transportation fuel gasoline, turbine (jet) fuels, diesel and the light heating oils. These are counted as the high-volume profitable products of refineries. Petroleum refining begins with distillation or fractionation of crude oils into separate hydrocarbon groups. The characteristics of the crude oil reflects in the resultant product. Most of the distillation products are further converted into useful products by changing the size and structure of the hydrocarbon molecules through cracking, reforming and other conversion processes.

Crude oils are basically classified as naphthenic, paraffinic or aromatic based on the predominant proportion of similar hydrocarbons. Mixed – base crudes have varying amounts of each type of hydrocarbon. Refinery crude base stocks consist mixtures of two or more different crude oils.

Conferences are some of best times to meet and get inspired by scientists & inventors globally.


Gastech exhibition is a unique business platform showcasing services, products and expertise to over 30,000 natural gas, LNG and energy professionals.

Gastech is where the global upstream, midstream, downstream and integrated natural gas, LNG and energy value chain gather to do business.

The Gastech exhibition is where business is made and done. Exhibiting at Gastech provides your company with a unique business platform to showcase your company’s services, products and expertise to over 30,000 natural gas, LNG and energy professionals.

Renowned as the world’s most significant meeting place for upstream, midstream and downstream gas and LNG professionals, where they convene to do business.

The Gastech conference is one of the world’s largest gas, LNG and energy conferences. The strongest programme to date, this four-day multi-streamed programme features 350 speakers and 250 presentations from across the upstream, midstream and downstream value chains.

The Gastech Conference consists of the Plenary Stage, Strategic conference and Technical conference streams, and four Specialist Conferences.

ONS 2018 (Norway)

The theme for ONS 2018: INNOVATE

Every ONS has a theme, reflecting the current issues, challenges and opportunities of the energy industry. The main theme for ONS 2018 is INNOVATE. Continue reading to find out about the reflections made when developing the theme.

There is one thing the entire energy industry has in common: our approach to challenges. No matter what the problem is, we know it is possible to solve it – if we innovate.

The energy industry has a talent for re-inventing itself, over and over again, as an answer to whatever challenge lies ahead. The challenges we face now are complicated. They involve the obligation to deliver energy to the world’s population, but at the same time to protect the planet. They involve new technology, new forms of leadership and new business models. So let’s innovate!

Technology doesn’t just evolve. People innovate.
Finding and producing energy is complex, demanding, expensive and sometimes almost impossible. That is why some oil and gas fields have been left untouched for decades since they were discovered – to give the innovative people of the industry time to overcome the obstacles. By helping technology to evolve. By innovating. Technology development and innovation are part of the energy industry’s DNA.

However, new technologies and trends disrupt most of the world’s industries, and dramatically escalate the pace of change and transition. How will digital industrialisation, robots and automatisation affect the energy industry going forward? Where do opportunities arise in this landscape, and how can suppliers and operators benefit from the new technologies?

Innovate a clean energy world
Making energy cheaper, cleaner and better. It is a challenge that is crying out for technology. Not just new technology, but also developing existing solutions further and using them in new ways. Cost reduction has been one of the big tasks for both traditional and new forms of energy. Giant leaps have been made, but how do we keep cost levels low when the oil price increases again? The renewable and oil and gas industries must both find their place in a common energy system – but how?

The demand for cleaner energy by end users and the global community is already affecting the markets – and the industry is stepping up the game. When will sustainability become the biggest business advantage and how can the oil and gas players stay competitive in the long perspective? How do we create an industry young people will be proud to be a part of in the future?

Shuffle the building blocks of business
We have started collaborating in new ways, across value chains and industries. But it is still possible to innovate more in the way we cooperate. Can sharing more technology speed up the pace of innovation and be an advantage for clean energy solutions? How do we cooperate better and at the same time be competitors in the market?

A rapidly developing energy world is testing the resilience of our business models. Is it time to dismantle the building blocks of business, add some new ones, and create something completely different? Let us innovate.

Stimulate to innovate
In an ever-changing geopolitical landscape, the focus on energy security is stronger than ever, as well as the need to protect the planet. This is not just the responsibility of governments, but lies very much in the hands of private corporations with the power to change the status quo.

We need leaders who are engineers of the future and facilitate a culture of innovation within their companies. New leadership models and strategies are in high demand to tackle a cyclical market and disruptive trends. Do the leaders of today have the tools and authority to make an impact, or are they restricted by demands to deliver profit in the near future?

Everyone has an obligation to contribute
A sustainable and profitable energy industry is what everyone wants and what the world needs. How do we protect the environment and still maintain jobs and competitive businesses? How do we accelerate progress and make a positive impact for the future?

33rd European Autumn Gas Conference (EAGC 2018)

The 33rd European Autumn Gas Conference (EAGC 2018) is dedicated to important issues impacting today’s commercial gas market in Europe including:

  • European Gas – The Ever More Buffeting Winds of Context
  • Does Europe Have the Right Commercial Arrangements
  • Regulation updates

The 33rd European Autumn Gas Conference (EAGC 2018) brings together Commercial business decision-makers and leaders and governmental representatives operating in Europe’s gas market and involved in:

  • Classification/Certification
  • Carbon Capture & Storage
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Local Content, Fiscal Regimes
  • Consultancy
  • Exploration & Production
  • FLNG
  • Finance/Banking
  • Gas Processing
  • Gasification
  • HSE (Health, Safety & Environment)
  • Gas Shipping
  • Legal Services
  • International Oil & Gas Company (IOC)
  • Media/Publications
  • LNG Production & Marketing
  • Pipeline
  • National Oil & Gas Company (NOC)
  • Power Generation/Utility
  • Plants, Terminals, Transmission & Gas Storage
  • Research & Development
  • Recruitment, Education & Training
  • Renewable Energy

November 7-9, 2018   Berlin, Germany

Scientists have discovered new materials that could bring widespread commercial use of solid oxide fuel cells closer to reality.

Using advanced computational methods, University of Wisconsin-Madison materials scientists have discovered new materials that could bring widespread commercial use of solid oxide fuel cells closer to reality.

A solid oxide fuel cell is essentially an engine that provides an alternative way to burn fossil fuels or hydrogen to generate power. These fuel cells burn their fuel electrochemically instead of by combustion, and are more efficient than any practical combustion engine.

As an alternative energy technology, solid oxide fuel cells are a versatile, highly efficient power source that could play a vital role in the future of energy. Solid oxide fuel cells could be used in a variety of applications, from serving as a power supply for buildings to increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles.

However, solid oxide fuel cells are more costly than conventional energy technologies, and that has limited their adoption.

“Better cathode catalysts can allow lower-temperature operation, which can increase stability and reduce costs, potentially allowing you to take your building off the electrical grid and instead power it with a solid oxide fuel cell running on natural gas,” says Dane Morgan, a materials science and engineering professor at UW-Madison. “If we can get to that point with solid oxide fuel cells, the infrastructure of power to many buildings in the country could change, and it would be a very big transformation to a more decentralized power infrastructure.”

Led by Morgan and Ryan Jacobs, a staff scientist in Morgan’s research group, a team of UW-Madison engineers has harnessed quantum mechanics-based computational techniques to search for promising new candidate materials that could enable solid oxide fuel cells to operate at lower temperatures, with higher efficiency and longer lifetimes.

Their computational screening of more than 2,000 candidate materials from a broad class of compounds called perovskites yielded a list of 52 potential new cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells.

The researchers published details of their advance recently in the journal Advanced Energy Materials.

“With this research, we’ve provided specific recommendations of promising compounds that should be explored further,” says Morgan, whose work is supported by the U.S. Air Force and the National Science Foundation. “Some of the new candidate cathode materials we identified could be transformative for solid oxide fuel cells for reducing costs.”

In addition to identifying new materials, the researchers’ approach allowed them to codify material design principles that had previously been based on intuition and to offer suggestions for improving existing materials.

Typically, solid oxide fuel cells must operate at temperatures around 800 degrees Celsius. But operating at these high temperatures means materials in the fuel cell degrade quickly and limit the device’s working life. The goal, says Jacobs, is to enable solid oxide fuel cells to operate at a lower temperature, and slow that degradation. Fuel cells with long lifetimes wouldn’t need frequent replacements, making them more cost-effective.

To achieve this goal, the researchers set out to find stable compounds with high activity to catalyze the oxygen reduction reaction, a chemical process key to solid oxide fuel cell energy applications.

“If you can find new compounds that are both stable under the operating conditions of the fuel cell and highly catalytically active, you can take that stable, highly active material and use it at a reduced temperature while still achieving the desired performance from the fuel cell,” explains Jacobs, who was the lead author of the study.

However, using computational modeling to quantitatively calculate the catalytic activity of a perovskite compound is prohibitively difficult because of the high complexity of the oxygen reduction reaction.

To overcome this challenge, the researchers used an approach where they selected a physical parameter that was more straightforward to calculate, and then showed empirically that it correlated with the catalytic activity, thus serving as an effective proxy for the catalytic activity. Once they established these correlations with data from experiments, the researchers were able to use high-throughput computational tools to effectively screen a large group of materials for high catalytic activity.

The UW-Madison researchers are collaborating with a group at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which conducted initial testing on one of the team’s candidate cathode materials.

“This research is ongoing, but the early tests by our NETL collaborators found the material to be quite promising,” Morgan says.

Morgan says this project is an example of the kind of advances that are aided by the Materials Genome Initiative, an ongoing national effort that aims to double the speed with which the country discovers, develops and manufactures new materials.

“This project integrated correlations from experiments with online digital databases and high-throughput computational tools in order to design new solid oxide fuel cell materials, so it’s exactly the kind of thing that gets enabled by the infrastructure and approaches that have been developed and put in place by the Materials Genome Initiative,” Morgan says.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com

SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference & Exhibition 2018

In 2018, CTCE returns to Kazakhstan, with a focus on the changing market conditions that face the oil and gas industry throughout the Caspian region and globally. Local, regional and international experts will present their knowledge, expertise and best practice providing the perfect platform for professional development, unique networking and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience among participants.

Over 550 oil and gas professionals attended last years’ CTCE drawing attendees from 21 countries across the globe, including Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and numerous countries outside the Caspian Region. The event saw participation from key industry players including SOCAR, BP, Total, Statoil, ExxonMobil, Tengizchevroil, JSC NC KazMunayGaz, Dragon Oil, Petronas, INPEX, Gazprom Neft PJSC, Novatek, Resman, Roxar, Goldman Sachs, Lukoil, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes to name a few.

24 – 26 Oct 2018 Astana, Kazakhstan

For energy experts, new method is a gas

Process could help quantify untapped natural gas reservoirs

Researchers have developed a method that will help natural gas experts better understand shale samples and eventually help them decide whether to invest time and resources to extract gas from the formation the samples came from.

More than 30 states have shale formations that harbor natural gas underground, according to the Energy Information Administration. But industry experts can’t agree on exactly how much fuel is inside. That’s because natural gas and other hydrocarbons lie inside nano-scale, difficult-to-measure pores in shale rocks, which have properties that are not yet understood.

“If you want to estimate the storage capacity of shale gas, you need to understand materials that store them,” said Yun Liu, an affiliated associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware and a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research.

Now, using neutron scattering, Liu and a team of researchers from UD, NIST and Aramco Services Company have developed a novel non-invasive method to measure the variation of surface properties deep inside porous materials.

This method can help natural gas experts to better understand shale samples by examining the compositional distribution on porous surfaces inside the shales that directly influences the storage and transport of hydrocarbons. This would eventually help them decide whether to invest time and resources to extract gas from the formation the samples came from. The findings of this study, published Thursday, Feb. 22 in the journal Nature Communications, could also be used to understand many other different types of porous materials using neutron scattering or X-ray scattering.

Investigating pores

It’s not just the size of pores that matters, but the surface structure and surface chemistry, since natural gas interacts with the outer edges of each tiny pore in the rock. The properties of the pores also determine how gas will flow out of the formation.

To understand these pores, the research team started with samples of isolated shale kerogen, an organic matter that stores the majority of hydrocarbons such as natural gas in shales. To peer inside the kerogen, they used small-angle neutron scattering, shooting a beam of subatomic neutrons through a substance and collecting information on the neutrons’ behavior to determine the properties of the pores. Neutron scattering is non-destructive, unlike electron microscopy, another common method used to investigate porous materials.

Next the group measured the change of neutron scattering signals with gas sorption at different pressures. The change of neutron intensity reflects the compositional distribution on the surfaces inside a sample.

This new method can reveal new information that other methods do not, such as the surface heterogeneity. Put simply, it provides information that helps researchers better understand what they are working with. When added to other information collected from a site, it can aid decision-making.

“Most of the other techniques used in the petroleum field provide the ‘average’ values of sample parameters,” said study author Wei-Shan Chiang, a postdoctoral researcher in chemical and biomolecular engineering at UD who does work onsite at NIST Center for Neutron Research and at Aramco Services Company. “Our method provides both ‘average’ and ‘deviation’ (the width of distribution) of the material properties.”

This method should also work on many other materials, such as cement, and maybe even biological materials such as blood, said Liu. The team looks forward to applying their method to new systems.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com

Debate and discuss the global issues and challenges facing the gas and LNG community in 2018 and beyond

Where the world’s experts and leaders debate and discuss the global issues and challenges facing the gas and LNG community in 2018 and beyond.

This four day, multi streamed programme features ministerial and global business dialogue sessions and strategic panel sessions alongside 28 strategic sessions. 82 Technical sessions make up the newly expanded technical conference, addressing the complete value chain from exploration and production through to distribution and will highlight new technologies and industry developments.

The Strategic Conference

Expect to hear from the natural gas, LNG and energy industry’s visionaries, ministers, business leaders, influencers and movers and shakers as they delve into 28 strategic sessions across 14 core topics.


Orbit X – Remote Inspection and Video Conferences in Hazardous Areas

The rugged, intrinsically safe Wi-Fi camera Orbit X developed by BARTEC PIXAVI makes mobile work safer and more efficient. Certified to CSA, IECEx and ATEX Zone 1, it allows flexible and efficient working, improved work flows and quick, precise decisions in the field.

Orbit X works just as well as a helmet, inspection or surveillance camera. It is easy to operate and is suitable for use as both a stand-alone solution and as part of a network. Two integrated LEDs, a built-in laser pointer and optional accessories like headsets, wall brackets or telescopic rods expand the operating area of this high-tech solution to cover even dark and difficult to access areas. Alongside ad-hoc meetings and trouble-shooting with remotely linked experts, the tested usages also cover live streaming and CCTV applications, as well as video recordings for inspection or training. As well as the direct Wi-Fi connection to the network, the camera can also be coupled with the Impact X for a mobile connection (smartphone pairing).

The Android-based Wi-Fi camera stands out thanks to its ultra-clear, intense 8 megapixel color images and 1080p videos, which can be saved locally on the device or streamed wirelessly in high quality. The SIPIDO Mobile Telepresence app, included as standard, supports SIP-capable video conference systems and applications, as well as browser-based real-time communication via web- RTC. All of the settings required for these functions, whether video, Wi-Fi or SIPIDO, can be made easily and comfortably using the Collaboration X management tool from BARTEC PIXAVI.

Source: https://www.pixavi.com/