Innovation Challenges inTechnology Development Stanley A. Gembicki Chief Technology Officer uop LLC CDMA September 30, 2004
UOP LLC World’s largest process technology licensing company – 30,000+ patents – 70 licensed processes 90 years of providing innovative solutions for the hydrocarbon processing industry General Partnership – owned 50/50 by business units of Dow & Honeywell – Independent operation - not a subsidiary of either company About 2,800 employees – 50% in technology invention, development & delivery
UOP LLC Develop technology that provides solutions to problems Transfer technology to customers – Refining – Petrochemical – Gas Processing – Manufacturing Industries License, design, engineer, and service process technology Manufacture & supply catalysts, molecular sieves, adsorbents, and specialized equipmentContinuing Innovation is Our Lifeblood
Today, I Would Like to Talk About …..The challenges, enablers, and tools fortechnology innovation in the 21st century – Defining the challenge, bypassing previously determined “limitsThe role of innovation in meeting the currentchallenges of the chemical industry – Industry outlook and key drivers
Process Industry BackgroundThe history of the Chemical Industry is a story of technical accomplishment and innovation.Achievements during the last century have led to both tremendous growth and a high level of technical sophistication.
The Need for Innovation The 21st Century poses many challenges
Innovations, cumulative Major Innovation Has Slowed 60 50 Products 40 30 Processes 20 10 0 1930 1935 1940 1945 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 Year Product and process innovations from 1930 to 1985 are shown Source: Chemtech 1995, 25(6), 6.
The Technology Innovation Cycle Industry Need and/or Value Pilot Plant Sell Concept Research Development to Producer Proposition Commercial Troubleshooting 1st Demo or Optimization Commercial Success Plant Operating Experience Incremental Process Long history of continuous Improvements New Equipment innovation in the ChemicalNew Catalytic materials Industry
Steps for Increasing the Rate of InnovationHave the mindset that innovation is not justabout technologyWork on the right problemsIncrease the focus on radical versusincremental innovationLeverage internal capabilities with externalcapabilitiesSpeed is essential, have a sense of urgency
Chemical Industry RealitiesClean Fuels- Cost Effective Ways to produce zero sulfur/low nitrogen transportation fuelsNon Conventional Feedstocks - Stranded Natural Gas- Renewable sourcesImproved Industry Profitability- Invest capital required for expected capacity requirements- Lower capital intensity- Reduce variable costsMinimize Environmental Impact- Plant emissions- Spent catalyst handling
Innovation EnablersCombinatorial Chemistry Approach to DiscoveryAdvanced Catalyst Characterization at the Atomic LevelThe Application of Theoretical Methodsto Catalysis to Understand Active SiteStructure and MechanismThe Discovery of New Materials,Zeolites, NZMS, and theirApplication to CatalysisProcess Miniaturization andIntensification
Increasing Barrier to Technology Innovation: Commercialization Pilot Plant Sell Concept CommercialResearch to Producer Demonstration Development With new tools to drive innovation, the focus shifts to challenges downstream in new technology commercialization
Less Desire to Take RiskIndustry Consolidation – Fewer, bigger companiesProfitability ChallengesLarger plant sizes foreconomy of scaleLimited discretionarycapital spending inrefining Let someone else be the first to try new technology!
SummaryThe Chemical Industry faces a number ofsignificant challenges: feedstock availability;sustainability realities; profitability; capitalintensityWhile technology is maturing in many markets,new “enablers” exist to push technologydevelopments into the new century. Meeting keyindustry needsIndustry trends are increasing the reluctance ofproducers to take risks in being the first tocommercialize new technology“Partnering” between Technology developers and“Users” is critical to overcoming these barriers