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09:00 - 12:30
Workshop: Process infrastructure options for sulphur producers and consumers in the dynamic sulphur market

The global sulphur market is expected to continue as oversupplied in the near future resulting in a marked impact for both producers and consumers along this vital supply chain.  Oil and gas producers may be challenged to find acceptable prices for sulphur offtake and may consider pouring to block.  Sulphur consumers however, may be able to reduce feedstock costs by diversifying between liquid and solid sulphur sourcing to obtain the best possible economics. 

Workshop Content
Brief profile of world supply and demand centers for sulphur and sulfuric acid / fertilizers 
Detailed discussion on molten sulfur handling and storage tank design and construction
Process/equipment highlights for: sulphur recovery; degassing; forming and loading; blocking storage; remelters; sulphur unloading; melting and supply for sulfuric acid manufacturers 
Overview discussion of some leading technologies for SRUs and sulphur degassing, forming (50 – 10,000 tpd) and remelter (3,600 tpd in a single unit) 

All of the above will be illustrated with the help of case studies including Matrix PDM’s recent projects in China, Central Asia, North America and the Middle East to provide a global perspective.   

Who should attend?
Strategic planners and project engineers considering diversification of sulphur supply or sourcing.
Technical managers and process engineers engaged in sulphur degassing, forming, storage, materials handling and remelter operations.
Safety and environmental engineers / managers engaged in these process areas.
Sulphur logistic companies, entrepreneurs and traders considering new facilities. 

09:00 - 12:30
Workshop: Raising project capital: Maximising export credit financing for your project

In today’s fluctuating market conditions and capital constrained environment, economic viability and financing opportunities are of the utmost importance for businesses. Due to increasing competition within organizations for internal financing and in the world market for external project funding, traditional prerequisites do not necessarily lead to project realization.  Whether you are a major with a strong balance sheet or a junior developing a new site, securing project financing plays a crucial role in your overall success.

Throughout this year’s workshop, our expert in Export Credit Financing will lead you through the various possibilities to utilize Export Credit Agencies (ECA) financing to build your next project.

SNC-Lavalin will be presenting an overview on the significant role that ECA financing has played on overall project development and achievement. We will walk you through key lessons learned and case studies of how project financing has been developed for challenging projects and situations.

This workshop will:
Provide practical insight to owners and asset managers on ECA financing
Assist in developing ECA acquisition strategies
Clarify the difference between ECA loans and ECA Insurance
Review how capital services help to enhance asset management and performance

Who should attend?
Asset managers and project investors
Contract and commercial managers
Project managers and stakeholders
P/L executives

14:00 - 17:30
Workshop: Outotec’s life-cycle philosophy to boost sulfuric acid plant profitability

Outotec is inviting conference attendees to participate in our workshop “Outotec’s life-cycle philosophy to boost sulfuric acid plant profitability”. Join us to share business experience, discuss industry challenges and consider potential solutions.  

Our 3-hour workshop aims to gather industry professionals to talk about the current and future market trends and common operational problems.

The workshop will be built in 2 parts:
I. Improving profitability – learning from the past:
Impurities removal
Heat recovery

II. What’s next for the industry – looking to the future:
Plant availability
Mega plants
Oxygen enrichment
Energy recovery

Who Should Attend?
The workshop will be most beneficial for:
Project developers
Plant operators

09:00 - 09:45
Has the sulphur supply wave already hit?

  • What has increased sulphur prices in 2018 and will the supportlast?
  • Where is supply still due to enter the market?
  • Is European sulphur supply tightness the new normal?
  • Has China’s role in trade changed in 2018?

Dr Peter Harrisson, Senior Consultant - Sulphur & Sulphuric Acid, CRU

09:45 - 10:30
How long can the acid price rally continue?

  • Will the copper market support for acid demand continue?
  • Will China take a permanent role as an acid exporter?
  • What effect will rebounding smelter acid supply have on the traded market balance in 2018?

Nick Waters, Analyst, CRU

11:15 - 11:45
Challenges and opportunities for the European chemical market

  • Challenges and opportunities for the European chemical market
  • How can European producers remain competitive?
  • What are the primary challenges?
  • How is the industry responding?
What role will innovation play in transforming the industry?
Opportunities for the future


11:45 - 13:00
Panel discussion: IMO 2020: How is the industry responding as the deadline nears?

The IMO’s global sulphur cap on marine fuels will come into place in January 2020. Despite being little over a year before the deadline, uncertainties remain about how the shipping industry will comply to the regulations, and the far reaching impacts on refinery configurations; low sulphur fuel oil availability and shipping rates. Our panel will share a variety of views and updates on how various components of the industry are preparing for the implementation.

James McCullagh, Oil Products Analyst, Energy Aspects

13:00 - 14:30
Networking lunch

Dr Hannes Storch, Managing Director / Senior Vice President Metals and Chemicals Processing, Outotec

14:30 - 16:00
Panel discussion: Digitalisation and Industry 4.0: Understanding the opportunities offered by digital transformation

Digitalisation affects the whole of society, including the global oil, gas and chemical industries. Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things among others, can offer operating companies huge efficiencies in production, safety and OPEX optimisation. Our panel will share their views on how digitalisation strategies are already being applied; the benefits realised by early adopters; and their predictions on the pace of future transformation and what it might mean for the industry.

Christian Elsholz, Director, PwC
Dr Hannes Storch, Managing Director / Senior Vice President Metals and Chemicals Processing, Outotec

16:00 - 16:30
Panel discussion: The evolving energy mix: What does this mean for the sulphur and sulphuric acid industry?

This future looking discussion will explore how the evolving energy mix, including the rise of electric vehicles and non-hydrocarbon energy sources could shape the oil, gas and sulphur markets including a view to the security of long-term sulphur supply.

Dr Peter Clark, Consultant, Canadian Sulfur Consulting
Angie Slavens, Managing Director, UniverSUL Consulting

19:00 - 23:00
Sulphur 2018 Party Hosted by IPCO

Celebrating a new name in industrial process solutions IPCO, previously operating as Sandvik Process Systems, is now an independent company within the Wallenberg group with 600 employees and more than 35 sales and service offices.

To celebrate this important new milestone in our history, we would like to invite all attendees at Sulphur 2018 to join us for an informal evening of fun on Tuesday, 6 November 2018, from 7pm. You can expect a relaxed evening of great food and drink, with live entertainment provided by international cover band Johnny JukeBox, and entertaining illusions from a group of talented magicians. An enjoyable evening for all, not to be missed! 

Dress code: Casual/Informal

09:00 - 10:30
Sulphur Stream: Effective SRU operations

Session keywords: waste heat boiler; tubesheets; ferrules; reliability; operations; Claus SRU;  Euroclaus; performance improvement;

09:00 - 09:30
Tubesheet protect systems – Examining gas permeability through ceramic fibre paper
Tubesheet protection systems are an integral component to safe, reliable operations and to manage heat transfer and corrosion. This paper will present the results of a study conducted to determine the permeability of ceramic paper used in protection systems.
Michael Huffmaster, Consultant
Domenica Misale-Lyttle, Industrial Ceramics Ltd
Yuan Yanxiao et al, nVent Thermal Management
09:30 - 10:00
Factors affecting Claus waste heat boiler design and operation
The waste heat boiler, a critical piece of SRU equipment, can often become the weak link in the plant, with operators experiencing increasing failure rates. This presentation will examine various parameters that contribute to failures including mass flux and other considerations.
Simon Weiland, et al, Optimized Gas Treating

Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting

10:00 - 10:30
The EUROCLAUS® Process: A guide in how to operate and evaluate the EUROCLAUS® sulphur recovery process
This paper will include a comprehensive overview of the Euroclaus® basics and “how to guide” including process layout, catalyst chemistry, actual installations and performance capabilities.  Plant data from test work will be presented and Euroclaus® performance reviewed using various case studies.
Ben Walton, et al, Sulphur Experts

Oswaldo Garcia, Parkland Refining

Anne van Warners,, Jacobs Nederland B.V.

09:00 - 10:30
Sulphuric Acid Stream: New plant and project execution case studies

Session keywords: emissions; acid quality; new technology; projects; metallurgical acid; smelter acid; drying towers; pulp mills’ acid production; gas cleaning; energy recovery; non-condensable gases; wet gas sulphuric acid production;

09:00 - 09:30
Boliden’s new sulphuric acid plant in Harjavalta applies state of the art technology to comply with stringent local emission restrictions and produce premium class quality acid
This paper describes the installation of a new acid plant line at an existing smelter facility. The new plant line allows for very high separation efficiencies of impurities resulting in high quality acid. Highly efficient energy recovery is utilised throughout the plant, including high pressure steam and supply hot water supply to a nearby power plant.

09:30 - 10:00
High speed replacement of a sulphuric acid drying tower in a nickel production plant
While construction of drying towers for SO2 gases before they enter the sulphuric acid plant can take time, this presentation will demonstrate that it is possible to safely install a new tower in a shut-down window of seven days given good planning and collaboration between the plant operator and engineering/design suppliers.
Øyvind Ommundsen, Glencore Nikkelverk AS

Nicolas Lepeu, DuPont-MECS

10:00 - 10:30
Sulphuric acid production from pulp mill non-condensable gases
Sulphur is an essential chemical element in Kraft pulp mills and it actively participate in reactions with wood chips to produce pulp. This paper describes a new wet gas sulphuric acid production technology from the incineration of non-condensable gases. Case studies from an operating plant using the technology in Finland will be shared, as will the environmental advantages of this approach.
Naveeen Chenna, et al, Valmet Technologies

11:15 - 12:45
Sulphur stream: Tail gas treating & emissions management

Session keywords: tail gas treating; emissions; solvents; start-up; commissioning; catalysts; sulphur recovery efficiency; new technology;

11:15 - 11:45
TGTU Re-start up at Mellitah Complex
The Claus Tail Gas Treatment Unit at Mellitah Oil & Gas BV (MOG) Complex was successfully re-commissioned in January 2018. This paper provides information concerning the sequence of operations carried out bring the TGTU on stream on continuous and stable basis under uncommon circumstances.
Ciro Di Carlo, Siirtec Nigi

11:45 - 12:15
High capacity tail gas treatment technology to meet sulphur emissions standards
As tighter emission standards are being adopted, operators are looking for ways comply with regulations with existing equipment, or to upgrade existing facilities with the lowest cost. This paper will provide various design fundamentals for sulphur selective designs coupled with the latest advance solvent technology to achieve the lowest CAPEX and OPEX.
Jenny Seagraves, ExxonMobil Catalysts & Licensing LLC

12:15 - 12:45
This paper presents a new selective oxidation catalyst that allows for improved performance and increased sulphur recovery efficiency. Considerations around CO₂ emissions vs SO₂ emissions and a future outlook on sustainable sulphur recovery will also be shared.
Tobias Roelofs, Jacobs Comprimo® Sulfur Solutions

11:15 - 12:45
Sulphuric Acid stream: Operational case studies: Maintaining and improving operations

Session keywords: operational experience; maintenance; debottlenecking; gas cleaning; metallurgical acid;

11:15 - 11:45
Debottlenecking the Kansanshi Copper Smelter sulphuric acid plant
The sulphuric acid plant at the Kansanshi Copper Smelter had been operating for less than 2 years when a study was undertaken to expand the capacity of the plant.   It was soon discovered that the acid plant was the bottleneck in the operation of the smelter.  Limits were being met in terms of maximum operating pressures, SO2 concentrations and temperatures in the plant. This paper describes the process of identifying the bottlenecks and the work done to eliminate them.
Bodrick Mumba, Kansanshi Mining

11:45 - 12:15
Operation and maintenance improvements in cleaning gas plant at Atlantic Copper Smelter
This paper describes the operation and maintenance improvements that have been carried out in the Wet Gas Cleaning Plant at Atlantic Copper Huelva, aimed at increasing the cooling and cleaning capacity, ensuring the quality of sulphuric acid and commercial gypsum and improving the rates of efficiency of operation and maintenance. 
Juan Daniel Pedrero Reyes, Atlantic Copper
12:15 - 12:45
Assessing the impact of process parameter optimisation on sulphuric acid plant operations
Process parameter optimisation offers operators the potential to reduce maintenance costs and improve plant uptime and energy efficiency. This paper will share how process parameter optimisation has been applied in sulphuric acid plants operated by Foskor.


14:15 - 15:45
Sulphur stream: Operations, emissions management and sustainable sulphur recovery

Session keywords: corrosion; catalysts; tail gas treating; ammonia; water treatment; effluent treatment; emissions;

14:15 - 14:45
The effects of ammonia on corrosion rates within the Claus plant
Wet sulphur contact corrosion in sulphur plants is a common occurrence, as is incomplete destruction of NH₃ and subsequent ammonium salt complications downstream. This paper will share the research findings on how NH₃ can inhibit wet sulphur corrosion and discuss some early results from potential applications of this chemistry.
Dr Robert Marriott, Alberta Sulphur Research Limited (ASRL)

14:45 - 15:15
The benefit of using titania in Claus and tail gas catalysis
Titania based catalysts can offer improved low temperature performance and operational benefits around start-up, contaminant resistance and catalyst lifetime. This paper will share new developments in the latest generation of low temperature high resistance tail gas catalysts.

15:15 - 15:45
The importance of water treatment in the sulphur recovery industry
Current emissions management systems in sulphur plants produce water effluent streams containing sulphur species that must be treated. This paper presents a new water treatment solution that offers potential improvements on energy efficiency and operating costs.

Tobias Roelofs, Jacobs Comprimo® Sulfur Solutions
Rob van der Meij, et al, Cool Separations B.V.

14:15 - 15:45
Sulphuric Acid stream: Plant and process design options

Session keywords: modular plants; mega plants; capacity increases; capex optimisation; reliability; projects; metallurgical acid; design; opex optimisation; sulphur dioxide; energy efficiency; co-production;

14:15 - 14:45
Development of the mega sulphuric acid plant
Phosphate fertilizer producers have an ever increasing demand for sulfuric acid to keep pace with capacity expansions. To meet this challenge, Chemetics has developed a novel sulfuric acid plant design that allows single train capacities in excess of 10,000 mtpd. The design offers lower CAPEX as well as enhanced energy recovery. This paper describes the process features and provides key comparisons with conventional plant designs.
Rene Dijkstra, Chemetics

14:45 - 15:15
Modular acid plant development at Mutoshi/DRC – an update
This paper will focus on the delivery of three modular sulfuric acid plants and the progress made to date on the project, which produces the sulfuric acid and gaseous SO2 required for the Mutoshi copper-cobalt production complex. The paper will detail the innovative plant concept and discuss the benefits of modular prefabricated plant delivery, such as low investment, installation and operation costs.
15:15 - 15:45
Integrated production of liquid sulphur dioxide and sulphuric acid via a low-temperature cryogenic process
The paper describes the design options available for the co-production of liquid sulphur dioxide and sulphuric acid starting from elemental sulphur. Plant configuration with and without electric power co-generation and the impact of the cryogenic condensation operating conditions on plant opex and capex are discussed, with a focus on the optimization of the most important economical and operative drivers, such as energy efficiency, reliability and availability. Industrial case studies will be referenced.
Maurizio Verri, Desmet Ballestra

16:30 - 18:00
Sulphur stream: Sulphur operations troubleshooting clinic

This interactive clinic, moderated by an independent expert, will allow all participants the opportunity to discuss, question and share experience across a large range of operational scenarios. 

The clinic will be run under Chatham House Rules allowing for an open and frank discussion and exchange of ideas. 

Themes explored will include:
• Sulphur recovery
• Tail gas treating
• Sour water stripping
• Contaminant destruction
• Maintenance and reliability
• HSE strategies and best practice
• Sulphur handling

Questions can be submitted in advance or during the clinic using the interactive slido tool.

Attendees will benefit from the opportunity to put their questions, challenges and ideas to a large group of technical experts and peers.

Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting

16:30 - 18:00
Sulphuric Acid stream: Temperature management

Session keywords: combustion; plant preheating; heat exchange; heat supplementation, non-authothermal operation; safety; heat recovery; metallurgical acid plants;

16:30 - 17:00
Implementation of low CO₂ district heating usage of copper smelter’s sulphuric acid plant cooling water
This innovative project details how the Aurubis Hamburg Coper Smelter redesigned the intermediate absorption tower system of their sulphuric acid plant to provide a supply of industrial heat to a new city district with a very low CO₂ footprint. The case study will describe the whole project from conception to realisation.
Dr Hanno Hintze, Aurubis AG
Torsten Weber, Smart SCOPE GmbH
17:00 - 17:30
SAFEHR: Mutually increasing heat recovery and safety in sulphuric acid plants
SO₃ absorption heat recovery relies on absorbing the SO₃ into highly concentrated acid to produce hot acid stream that is later cooled by a boiler. The failure of this boiler can be catastrophic. This paper presents a new heat recovery technology address these issues, creating a scenario where not only allows the SO₃ heat to be recovered as high pressure steam and, more important, virtually eliminated the corrosion/explosion risk associated with boiler corrosion/failure.
Nelson Clark, et al, Clark Solutions
17:30 - 18:00
Design, fabrication, commissioning and start-up of pre-heating systems
Although sulphuric acid plants produce excess heat, they require heat input in their initial start-up to reach temperatures suitable for sulphur combustion and catalytic conversion. This paper reviews the alternatives to provide heat into sulphuric acid plants and focuses on the use of hydrocarbon combustion furnaces followed by gas-to-gas heat exchangers. Recent plant data is reviewed for a new preheater installed in 2018 in a large copper smelter. DCS plant data and temperature profiles are discussed as well as the operating considerations for such preheat systems.
Igor Aksenov, et al, NORAM Engineering

09:00 - 11:00
Sulphur stream: Acid gas and oxygen enrichment options

Session keywords: gas processing; acid gas enrichment; lean gas; sour gas; operations; oxygen enrichment; grassroots refinery configurations.; acid gas reinjection; field development;

09:00 - 09:30
Acid Gas Enrichment (AGE): More new wrinkles on an old process
This paper will expand on previously reviewed AGE configurations and examinations of several unique AGE line-ups from a techno-economic perspective. Operation and economics at leaner acid gas concentrations and different operating conditions (e.g. ultra-high tail gas ratio) will be evaluated.  Comparisons to other alternatives such as natural gas co-firing and O2-enrichment will also be explored.
Angie Slavens, et al, UniverSUL Consulting

09:30 - 10:00
Oxygen enrichment and optimum industrial gas supply for grassroots SRUs
This paper will provide detailed comparisons of both the CAPEX and OPEX of grassroots oxygen versus air-based SRUs while incorporating the entire industrial gas needs of a typical energy complex to maximize oxygen supply efficiency. The paper will also profile some projects. with a focus on India and its surging refinery sector that have just recently warmed to the idea of OE for grassroots SRUs.
Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting

Uday N. Parekh, Blasch Precision Ceramics

10:00 - 10:30
Oxygen enriched operations: Motivations, effects and limitations featuring experience and process data gained from field trials
Oxygen enrichment (O₂e) in Claus plants is on the rise as both a revamp measure and in greenfield developments. This paper draws on field data collected from 10 European refineries over the past 6 years and will present refiners with an overall perception of possibilities and limitations afforded by O₂e, including: motivations for considering LL- O₂e, beyond capacity increases; how O₂e can help to overcome design limitations in the down-stream thermal Claus section; and the effects of O₂e on ammonia destruction. 
10:30 - 11:00
Sour gas fields in the Caspian region: Selection and the design of development
Caspian oil and gas fields present a significant challenge due to their high H₂S concentrations. Given the current and projected sulphur supply surplus, alternative field development options, without sulphur recovery must be considered. Reinjected acid gas after separation from the condensate and hydrocarbon gases may become an alternative to the standard approach in the development of these fields. This paper will discuss the geological and technological challenges of such field development.
Leonid Anismov, LUKOIL Engineering

09:00 - 11:00
Sulphuric Acid stream: New technology and equipment for increased efficiency

Session keywords: new technology; corrosion abatement; measurement; combustion; safety; nozzles; materials; acid towers;

09:00 - 09:30
Sulphur recirculation for high-temperature corrosion and dioxin abatement in waste-to-energy boilers
Sulphur recirculation is a new technology for reducing high temperature boiler corrosion and dioxin formation in waste-to-energy plants by creating a sulphur loop. The recirculated sulphur has the benefit of producing a less corrosive environment for the superheaters. The benefits of the process have been demonstrated in a commercial installation at a waste-to-energy plant that has been operating since October 2016 where high temperature corrosion rates have been reduced by approximately 50%.
Sven Andersson, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund AB
Niels Peder Hansen, MEC Bioheat & Power
09:30 - 10:00
Innovative sorbent traps for sulphuric acid mist measurement
This paper will highlight a new sorbent trap technique for measuring short term SO₃/H₂SO₄/acid mist concentration from stationary sources. the benefits of the system include a simplified and cost-effective solution that is compact, portable and usually operated by a single technician.
10:00 - 10:30
Advanced injector technology for increased molten sulphur injection efficiency
Efficient combustion of large volumes of molten sulphur is a current and growing requirement when producing sulphuric acid. The design of a new series of injector nozzles for the atomization and distribution of molten sulphur has been completed, characterized, and demonstrated to be effective in the sulphur combustion process. Recent advances in injector technology and design have resulted in sprays with improved characteristics allowing increased reliability and performance equal to or exceeding industry standard equipment, while maintaining the process requirement of efficient fuel combustion. This paper will share the results of the new design. 

Wojciech Kalata, Spraying Systems
10:30 - 11:00
Optimising tower design
Plants with tower diameters that exceed those of the previous generation have experienced an increase in failures. With the increases in the circumference of these larger plants the coefficient of thermal expansion plays a larger role not only on the reliability of brick towers but also alloy towers. This paper will explore ways to both reduce the diameter of new towers and how to manage the thermal expansion in large diameter towers. Improved methods and materials of construction will be reviewed for both the absorption tower structure and the tower’s process internals.
Matthew Thayer, Koch Knight Llc

11:30 - 13:00
Sulphur stream: New approaches to sulphur production, pipelines and melting

Session keywords: sulphur pipelines; new technology; molten sulphur; safety; reliability; emissions; WSA; tail gas treating; formed sulphur;

11:30 - 12:00
Using AI to manage sulphur transport pipelines: How big data can lead to peace of mind
Until now, the potential to utilise Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage sulphur transport pipelines has been largely untapped.  This paper presents an industry leading approach for a safe and reliable heated sulphur pipeline management program in a customized software. The potential operational efficiencies and risk reduction benefits of utilising this technology with be shared.

Gustavo Saldarriga, et al, nVent Thermal Management

12:00 - 12:30
A new dimension for treating your sulphur recovery tail gases
This paper explores the use of Wet Sulphuric Acid technology as an SRU Tail Gas Treating Technology. In this scheme, Claus tail gas is converted to sulphuric acid. The process schemes for a typical refinery SRU and a Gas Processing SRU are described and the economics of the various schemes have been derived.
Helge Rosenburg, Haldor Topsoe

Steve Pollitt, et al, WorleyParsons

12:30 - 13:00
Formed sulphur specification guidelines: SUDIC, 40 years following publication
This paper will provide a summary of SUDIC's approach, objectives and specification recommendations from historic documentation and compares these to knowledge "Forty years later". Conditions and practices in Alberta and British Columbia storage and logistics associated with sulphur forming and handling elsewhere will also be discussed in the process of arriving at proposed conclusions.
Paul Davis, Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd (ASRL)
Jerry d’Aquin, Con-Sul, Inc.

11:30 - 13:00
Improving plant performance through effective maintenance planning, analysis and application of catalysts

Session keywords: maintenance; safety; reliability; catalysts; emission management; technical service; materials integrity;

11:30 - 13:00
Importance of thermomechanical analysis in aging assessments of stainless steel converters
Austenitic stainless steel SO₂ to SO₃ converters are common in sulphuric acid plants and most have been in operation for over 20 years. This paper will demonstrate results of thermomechanical analysis studies on the damage mechanisms that these converters are susceptible to. It will also show how the measurements can be applied to ensure long-term integrity and proactive maintenance planning and optimal capital spending.  

12:00 - 12:30
Achieve optimal plant performance with catalyst technical service
Efficient use of catalyst technical service and proactive maintenance can offer a cost-effective way to maintain low emissions and efficient operations. This paper will describe how catalyst technical service can help acid plant operators get the most out of their plant and catalyst. Industrial data will be shared to demonstrate how operators have benefited from technical service to overcome operating challenges and optimise operations.

12:30 - 13:00
BASF’s sulphuric acid catalysts: Crossroad between catalyst development and advanced simulation
Market demands are the driving force behind current research to increase plant efficiency while decreasing SO₂ emissions. In this presentation, an overview of how recent advancements in computational power allow for an improved, targeted research approach at BASF will be described. The results of these experiments have led to the improvement of lab scale catalyst performance and shed light on the next generation of sulfuric acid catalysts.