Category Archives: Energy & Environment

AspenTech Expands Partnership with St1 Refinery

to Support Digital Transformation, Carbon Neutrality

BEDFORD, MA, May 4, 2022 – Aspen Technology, Inc., a global leader in asset optimization software, today announced that it has expanded its 12 year partnership with St1 Refinery AB, part of St1 Nordic Oy Group. The refinery, situated in Gothenburg, Sweden, is deploying AspenTech solutions to provide a vertically integrated set of production optimization solutions – from operational planning to real time control of critical equipment. This will allow an increase in operating margins while improving energy efficiency and thereby reducing CO2 emissions.

St1 produces and invests in sustainable energy production in various areas, together with investments in energy transition of its traditional refinery. It has a long term advanced renewable fuels strategy which includes biorefineries, one is currently under construction at the Gothenburg refinery. A long-term user of AspenTech’s Planning & Scheduling solutions, St1 recently migrated to Aspen Unified PIMS and have now agreed to extend the partnership with the deployment of AspenTech’s advanced process control software Aspen DMC3 and its dynamic optimization software, Aspen GDOT, across the Gothenburg site.

Miika Eerola, managing director, St1 Refinery commented: “It is important that our refinery continues modernizing to maintain a positive long-term future and provide opportunity for the next generation. Our collaboration with AspenTech enables improvements across many critical elements in our renewables strategy, including equipment efficiencies resulting in less energy; hydrogen optimization including future biogas feedstock; and refinery optimization to maximize benefits with fuels production.”

“St1 Refinery’s investment in advanced renewable fuels and biorefining puts them at the forefront of an industry driving a more sustainable future. We are delighted to be a key part of their strategy to meet emission targets, building on our partnership established over a decade ago,” said John Hague, executive vice president of operations at Aspen Technology.

With a combination of AspenTech’s production optimization and performance engineering solutions in place, St1 Refinery is equipped with data and solutions to make quicker, more accurate decisions that help them achieve their profitability goals while moving them significantly along the path on their energy transition journey.

About St1 Nordic Oy

St1 Nordic Oy is an energy group whose vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. The Group researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy solutions. St1 focuses on fuels marketing activities, oil refining and renewable energy solutions such as waste-based advanced biofuels and industrial wind power. The Group has 1290 St1 and Shell branded retail stations and gas filling points in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Headquartered in Helsinki, St1 employs currently more than 1200 people.

For more information, visit www.st1.com. 

About Aspen Technology

Aspen Technology (AspenTech) is a global leader in asset optimization software. Its solutions address complex, industrial environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle. AspenTech uniquely combines decades of process modelling expertise with artificial intelligence. Its purpose-built software platform automates knowledge work and builds sustainable competitive advantage by delivering high returns over the entire asset lifecycle. As a result, companies in capital-intensive industries can maximize uptime and push the limits of performance, running their assets safer, greener, longer and faster.

Visit AspenTech.com to find out more.

BW Flexible Reduces Carbon Emissions by 92% in Italy

MESTRINO, Italy, Feb 9, 2022 – BW Flexible Systems, a Barry-Wehmiller Packaging Systems company, has reduced carbon emissions at its Italian facilities by 92% via a partnership with E.ON, one of Europe’s largest operators of energy networks. As of January 1, 2022, the flexible packaging company’s two Italian manufacturing plants—located in Mestrino and Monte di Malo—are now powered by 100% renewable energy, as certified by E.ON.

“Our partnership with E.ON is one of many sustainability improvements we will be making to support a greener manufacturing industry moving forward,” said Michele Allamprese, Vice President, Europe, for BW Flexible Systems. “In addition to reducing our own CO2 footprint, these sustainability improvements will allow our customers to reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains throughout 2022 and beyond.”

Previously, BW Flexible Systems’ Italian facilities were powered by a mix of brown and green energy sources. Based on data certified by the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, BW Flexible Systems in Italy estimates that changing its energy to 100% renewable sources will reduce carbon emissions by 252.61 tons in the first year.

“We are extremely pleased with the leadership demonstrated by our team members and supply chain partners in Italy,” said Michelle Bryson, Global Sustainable Packaging Leader for all BW Packaging Systems companies. “This is precisely the kind of initiative we will look to emulate across the broader BW Packaging Systems organization as we continue to develop our sustainability programs.”

In addition to this carbon footprint reduction effort, BW Packaging Systems recently announced a broader sustainability roadmap, which includes better usage of responsible materials, recyclability, efficient packaging design, waste reduction and more. Developing the path to execute some of these plans could take place at BW Flexible Systems’ Technical Centre of Excellence in the U.K., among other BW Packaging Systems locations that have the space to collaborate with customers and suppliers on more sustainable solutions.

BW Flexible Systems creates flexible packaging solutions by bringing together some of the industry’s most trusted and innovative brands, including Hayssen, Thiele, Rose Forgrove, Sandiacre, Schib, Simionato, Streamfeeder, Symach and others. Its range of machinery options includes form-fill-seal packaging, horizontal flow-wrapping, bag filling and palletizing, and more. BW Flexible Systems is one of several Barry-Wehmiller companies represented in BW Packaging Systems, which brings together the collective packaging capabilities of Accraply, BW Flexible Systems, BW Integrated Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus and Synerlink.

About BW Flexible Systems

BW Flexible Systems is a global manufacturer of packaging systems that fill and bag thousands of food and non-food products. Their packaging systems are designed and manufactured to maximize the efficiency and lifetime value of our customers’ packaging lines. Their range of machinery includes form-fill-seal, feeding, bag filling and sealing, pouch-making equipment, flow-wrap, reclosable packaging solutions, palletizing, stretch-wrapping and more.

For more about BW Flexible Systems, a Barry-Wehmiller Packaging Systems company, go to bwflexiblesystems.com.

About Barry-Wehmiller

Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.

To learn more, go to barrywehmiller.com.