CEP: April 2009

When I began my editorial career, we received breaking news over a clattering telex machine. On May 2, 1982, one of my colleagues stood mesmerized watching a dispatch come over the wire, then he tore off the report and exclaimed, "Holy $%#@! Exxon pulled out of the Colony Project!"...

Controlling Risk During Major Capital Projects

April
2009
Safety
William Bridges
Think of process safety management (PSM) as a project deliverable, and follow these best practices for scheduling and performing process hazard analyses (PHAs) and completing other PSM requirements during key phases of a major project.

The ChE's Role in Energy Research and Technology

April
2009
Special Section
T Calloway
Surveys of the energy-related papers presented at AIChE's annual meetings provide insights into the role of chemical engineers in energy science and engineering.

Renewable Power: Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

April
2009
Special Section
Bernard S. Lee, David E. Gushee
Before renewable sources such as wind and solar can contribute significantly to the overall energy mix, massive electricity storage is needed to turn the raw power into dispatchable power.

Bringing a Star to Earth

April
2009
Special Section
Jan Berry, T Calloway
An international R&D effort to build a fusion reactor and demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power is underway.

Capturing Carbon from Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants

April
2009
Special Section
Andrew P. Jones, James T. Murphy, Jared P. Ciferno, Timothy E. Fout
DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory is spearheading R&D on a variety of post-combustion and oxy-combustion technologies to cost-effectively achieve 90% CO2 capture.

Capturing CO2: Membrane Systems Move Forward

April
2009
Special Section
Suzanne Shelley
Membranes offer inherent advantages over absorption-based CO2 capture from post-combustion fluegas and pre-combustion syngas, but numerous design and scale-up challenges remain.

Process Simulation from the Ground Up

April
2009
Back To Basics
David Hill
Today's process simulators produce graphical, data-filled and detailed results that can improve the effectiveness of the engineers who use them.
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