Pseudo-Pinch Design

Kinergetics’ experience includes the application of advanced evaluation methodologies such as Pinch and Availability Analysis to identify “hidden” energy efficiency opportunities, assign practical minimum utility targets, and to assign reasonable cost to energy flows within a facility.  Certain aspects of these methods are combined with practical design in a process Kinergetics calls “PseudoPinch Design.”

PseudoPinch Design was first applied during an energy investigation (2016) at an ethanol plant in the United States.  Because Kinergetics has great familiarity with ethanol plant operations, identifying effective energy and process efficiency projects has never been an issue.  Nevertheless, Kinergetics applied PseudoPinch Design and identified a fuel reduction of approximately 17 MMBTU/Hr in a portion of the facility.

An additional 15 MMBTU/Hr of viable capital projects were identified during the same PseudoPinch Design evaluation in other areas of the facility.  This includes one (1) low-cost measure (2.6 MMBTU/Hr) implemented shortly after on-site work was completed.

While initially applied to ethanol production, PseudoPinch can be applied in any facility, including those with CHP and waste heat to power opportunities.