Through-life project support - enhancing safety and minimising maintenance down-time

TP Group’s manufacturing facility is equipped with advanced machinery and on-site design software tools - focusing on optimising products for function, performance and costs.

Moving beyond conventional energy sources and usage, TP Group engineers are working on new ways to support energy demand with better economy and simple, practical systems.

We work on:

  • generating energy from waste or freely available resources
  • storing energy to smooth out supply and demand factors
  • moving energy from place to place safely and efficiently

Our micro-turbines are proven, cost effective additions to the main generating capacity.

TP Groups expanders recover energy from the main generating process to add an incremental, efficient and economical source of electricity:

  • economic - 60% of life cost per MW/h of the big gas turbines
  • excellent efficiency compared with other renewable sources

Through-life project support in specialist applications

Maintenance and replacement is the key trend in downstream refining. More than half of investment to 2035 will be on maintenance and repair.

TP Group is pursuing growth opportunities in Europe where the proportion is much higher, and in the Middle East where expansion remains active. 43% of our heat exchanger business is maintenance and replacement.

Full project support is our competitive strength. Many competitors typically qualify to build, but lack design, consulting and technical support. Over 90% of our new build work includes a design element.

Outreach to export projects is available through prime contractors (EPCs), already on TP Groups customer list.

Energy on demand

Reforming is a chemical process where an alcohol is to energy storage split over a hot catalyst to form hydrogen, CO2 and water vapour.

The produced hydrogen is burned in a fuel cell to deliver electrical power. Alcohol is used as it is a more convenient source of hydrogen than the gas itself.

It is a liquid that can be carried and poured, rather than an invisible and explosive gas that would need to be compressed at up to 700 bar, just to make it portable. The alcohol is used as the source to produce useful hydrogen as required.

The process combines many of our capabilities in a compact system. It uses a boiler to feed steam into the hot catalyst chamber, and the alcohol is pumped into the chamber through a vaporiser.

The system is an evolution of TP Group’s work in submarine atmosphere management, and many of the subsystems are proven to the most stringent standards.

The advantage of this approach is that it is silent, efficient and does not involve high-pressure gases. The current systems are rather complex and expensive, and the focus of development work with a range of partners is to simplify and value-engineer the method towards commercially attractive units.