AI Breakthrough Empowers Self-Diagnosis for Fouling, Paving the Way to CO2 Emission Reduction

DecarbonX has completed ground-breaking research on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in industry, giving industrial processes a new degree of autonomy and allowing vital equipment to self-diagnose problems.

The achievement of this milestone signifies a significant change in the effective oversight and upkeep of refinery infrastructure, enabling the petroleum sector to lower emissions.

Revolutionizing Petrochemical Plant Maintenance with HEX Care

With the use of AI, heat exchangers at petrochemical plants can now detect problems on their own and notify workers about necessary maintenance. This breakthrough is called HEX Care by DecarbonX

By incorporating the technology into heat exchangers—a crucial component in petrochemical plants—fouling monitoring can be made proactive as opposed to reactive. Also, through analyzing vast amounts of data to self-diagnose fouling, de-risk operations, and simplify maintenance, heat exchangers are able to provide engineers with regular health updates through the use of artificial intelligence software.

The DecarbonX program’s executive director, Eduard Cherednik, stressed that the program’s intelligent heat exchangers had shown a remarkable capacity to interact with plant and laboratory personnel on their health. 

DecarbonX’s Pilot Project for Self-Diagnosing Heat Exchangers

The experiment simulated heat exchangers’ capacity to speak with one another and self-diagnose maintenance problems using data from operational refineries and cutting-edge artificial intelligence software. DecarbonX intends to expand this experiment and carry out a comprehensive pilot project in 2024. By the end of 2024, DecarbonX hopes to incorporate the technology into an already-existing petrochemical facility using the knowledge gained from the pilot project.

The procedure makes sure that fouling can be stopped fast and with the least amount of disturbance to operations. 

Fouling is a major cause of worldwide CO2 emissions because the accumulation of deposits reduces the efficiency of heat exchangers and increases energy consumption. This new procedure promotes the wider use of autonomy and machine intelligence in industrial processes, demonstrating the beneficial effects of artificial intelligence in raising operational effectiveness and, eventually, cutting hazardous emissions.

The Urgency of Achieving Net Zero Targets

For humanity to achieve net zero targets, the world is attempting to quickly accelerate emissions reductions in crucial economic sectors. Global leaders convened in Dubai for COP28 and decided that swift action must be taken over the next ten years. The need to cut global emissions by 43% by 2030 was also acknowledged at the meeting. But according to a recent UN report, the globe is seriously off course, with emissions predicted to drop by just 2% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. This emphasizes even more how important it is to identify effective and simple-to-integrate decarbonization technology that can reduce emissions from industrial processes right away. Angara’s DecarbonX project has been spearheading the push for the petroleum industry to take immediate action to address the fouling problem.


In addition to increasing operational effectiveness, DecarbonX’s HEX Care AI technology supports international initiatives to drastically reduce emissions in important economic sectors. This highlights the significance of moving quickly to implement efficient decarbonization solutions.

Last Updated on March 19, 2024 by News Editor

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