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| By Gerald Ondrey

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The 34th edition of Achema, World Forum and Trade show for the process industries, takes place June 10–14 at the fairgrounds of Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( More than 2,700 exhibitors from over 50 countries will be presenting a diverse range of innovations and products across twelve exhibition groups and a Special Show Hydrogen. With more than 1,000 speakers, the accompanying congress and stage program also runs throughout the week.

“Achema once again emphasizes its role as a central platform and meeting place for all stakeholders in the process industry,” says Björn Mathes, CEO of Dechema Ausstellungs-GmbH. “With a notable surge in exhibitors and one of the most diverse lecture program in recent Achema history, this year’s event also offers an unparalleled opportunity for young technical and scientific talent,” he says.

For those unable to attend the fair, Chemical Engineering will again co-produce the Achema Daily, which will be updated and published each day of the show — both online and delivered at the entrances of the halls — bringing you up to date on the activities at the fair and the products being exhibited. A small sample of some of these products are presented here.


Two-stage drying process nearly halves energy consumption

With its two-stage drying process (photo), this company has transformed traditional drying methods, leading to a significant reduction of 45% in heating energy consumption. This groundbreaking technology has revolutionized waste management practices, making them more sustainable and efficient, the company says. The process capitalizes on the principle of multiple-effect evaporation commonly used in evaporation technology. By operating under vacuum conditions in stage 1 and atmospheric conditions in stage 2, this process enables a lower evaporation temperature in stage 1, resulting in considerable energy savings. One of the key advantages of this innovative design is the recovery of energy, released during condensation in stage 2. This energy is then utilized to heat stage 1. Optimal performance is achieved by applying products in a thin film on the heated wall. This approach not only enhances the effectiveness of the drying process, but also makes it suitable for various applications, including the drying of sewage sludge. Hall 4, Stand B24 — Buss-SMS-Canzler GmbH, Butzbach, Germany

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