Advanced Heat Recovery and Industrial Energy Efficiency
January 30, 2020 Half-day introductory webinar
February 6-7, 2020 Edmonton, Alberta
February 20, 2020 Half-day follow-up webinar

Learn how to quickly evaluate industrial heat recovery projects and to improve the efficiency of steam, refrigeration, and compression systems in this three-day course licenced by Natural Resources Canada. You'll see how pinch analysis can reduce energy use by up to 30%, cut costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, increase throughput with minimal capital investment, and reduce exposure to carbon taxes.

Participants will learn the theory behind these advanced process integration techniques, and then use the INTEGRATION software to analyse real-world case studies from the petrochemicals, pulp and paper, and food & beverage industries.

Course Outline:

Introductory Webinar: January 30, 2020 from 8:30 to 12:00 (will be recorded for participants who cannot attend at that time)
  • Industrial context for industrial heat recovery
  • Process integration: a systematic approach for heat recovery
  • Benefits of process integration for Canadian industry
  • Overview of the steps in a process integration study
  • Overview of the INTEGRATION software
  • Review of calculation of heat exchanger duty, heat exchanger network representation (grid diagrams), and other foundational concepts
Day 1: February 6, 2020 from 8:30 to 4:30
  • Data extraction
    • Review of theory
    • Exercise 1: Data extraction for 2-reactor example
    • Exercise 2: Data extraction for atmospheric tower crude distillation unit
  • Composite curves
    • Construction of the composite curves: theory, and using INTEGRATION software
    • Exercise 3: Constructing composite curves for low temp. separation process
    • Selection of minimum approach temperature
    • Analysis of composite curves
  • Heat exchanger network design theory
    • Exercise 4: Heat exchanger network design for LTS process
    • Case Study 1: Atmospheric tower crude distillation unit redesign
  • Special cases (heat pumps and cogeneration, the threshold problem, quasi-pinch)

  • Heat recovery in compressed air or gas systems
    • Main components of gas compression systems
    • Exercise 1: Analysis of compressed air system parameters
    • Compressed gas heat recovery options
    • Exercise 2: Heat recovery from intercooler and aftercooler
Day 2: February 7, 2020 from 8:30 to 4:30
  • In-depth case study: milk processing with 2 production lines
    • Introduction of current design and problem
    • Part 1: data extraction for lines 1 and 2
    • Part 2: construction of composite curves using INTEGRATION
    • Part 3: pinch analysis of existing heat exchanger network using INTEGRATION
    • Part 4: Integrate lines 1 and 2 jointly versus separately
    • Part 5: Manual redesign of existing heat exchanger network
    • Part 6: Redesign of existing heat exchanger network with INTEGRATION software
  • Heat recovery in the steam production system
    • Overview of steam production in industry
    • Main components of steam production systems
    • Fundamentals of combustion
    • Other components of steam production system
    • Exercise 1: Analysis of steam production system parameters
    • Boiler performance and sources of inefficiency
    • Opportunities for heat recovery
    • Exercise 2: Blowdown heat recovery
    • Flue gas heat recovery
    • Exercise 3: Feedwater preheater
    • Exercise 4: Condensing economizer
Follow-up Webinar: February 20, 2020 from 8:30 to 12:00 (will be recorded for participants who cannot attend at that time)
  • Answers to follow-up questions from in-person training
  • Advanced data extraction presentation
    • Data extraction examples from a wide range of equipment and processes
  • Heat recovery from refrigeration systems
    • Overview of refrigeration in industry
    • Operating principles of refrigeration system
    • Main components of a refrigeration system
    • Exercise 1: Analysis of refrigeration system parameters
    • Opportunities for heat recovery
    • Exercise 2: Heat recovery from desuperheater
    • Exercise 3: Subcooling heat recovery

Location and Time:

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on November 7 & 8
8:30 AM to noon for webinars (recorded for viewing at other times)
Venue to be determined

Included with course:

  • Lunch & coffee
  • Attendees will receive INTEGRATION software from NRCan
  • Course binder
  • Certificate of completion (21 hours of professional development)

To bring to the course:

Laptop running Windows with INTEGRATION software installed (download link and license will be sent)


$1500 plus GST
minus applicable incentives worth up to $700 (see below)

Training incentives available:

  • $300 off for Alberta residents (Energy Efficiency Alberta): Incentives are available to residents of Alberta to learn new skills and develop their technical capacity across a variety of subjects in energy efficiency. Attendees of selected RER Energy Inc. courses will receive up to 20% off, with the incentive being applied directly at the time of course registration.
  • $150 off for E Pro Network members: You may be eligible for an additional incentive from Energy Efficiency Alberta; email to find out.
  • $100 off for members of Decentralised Energy Canada (DEC): RER Energy offers this discount to DEC members only. Find out more about DEC membership benefits.
  • $150 off when you register for RETScreen: Register for both RETScreen and INTEGRATION training and receive an additional $80 off the RETScreen course and $150 off the INTEGRATION course.


Alberto Alva Argaez, Ph.D, MBA | Managing Partner, Process Ecology

Alberto brings over 25 years of experience in chemical engineering research and process optimization for sustainability. As Senior Project Manager and Managing Partner, Alberto has worked across multiple industries to assist operating companies become more efficient in their use of energy and water. Alberto started his career as production engineer with Bayer and then spent ten years in Academia as research scientist and lecturer. In 1999 he joined Hyprotech/ Aspentech in Calgary as product manager for conceptual design software tools and thermodynamics. Alberto later worked for seven years with Natural Resources Canada performing R&D and supporting energy-intensive industrial sectors through process integration and optimization projects. With Process Ecology Alberto has specialized in modeling and optimization for emissions reduction in the oil & gas sector. Alberto is a Biochemical Engineer and holds an MBA from ITESM and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UMIST, UK.

Michael Ross, B.A.Sc. | President, RER Energy Inc

Michael has been employed in clean energy research and consulting positions since 1995. He has taught over 60 clean energy courses in the USA, France, Mali, Zambia, Somaliland, Ecuador, and across Canada. He started teaching process integration courses in 2012, and has been licenced by Natural Resources Canada to teach their process integration course since 2016.

Michael has been working in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1995, including employment with NRCan’s photovoltaic research laboratory, a wind energy consulting firm, and the Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University) in Finland. In 2003 he opened RER Energy Inc. Michael holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree (Systems Design Engineering) from the University of Waterloo.


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