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Center for Energy Initiatives (CEI)

The Center for Energy Initiatives is an AIChE Industry Technology Group devoted to the development, design and efficient use of energy by chemical engineers and related professionals.

Shale Gas Resource Page

February 14, 2013
To help AIChE members better understand and better communicate about shale gas, the Public Affairs & Information Committee has helped curate valuable shale gas resources.

Energy related Communities

AIChE communities that address energy-related topics include: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Environmental Division Fuels & Petrochemicals Division Nuclear Engineering Division Process Development Division Sustainability Engineering Forum Transport and Energy Processes Division Research and New Technology Committee See all Divisions & Forums and Committees

CEP: News Update

September
2015
News Update
Copper Catalysts Turn Fluegas into Methanol, Vascular Graft Coating Stops Blood Clots in their Tracks, Coal-to-Liquids Process Gets Cleaned Up, Reagent-Filled Capsules Give the Boot to Glove Boxes, and more.

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 8-13, 2015
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

Beyond Implications on a Golden Age of Natural Gas in Korea

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:00pm-2:00pm
South Korea is one of the top energy importers in the world where relies on fuel imports for about 97% of its primary energy demand because the...

The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Opportunities to improve plant performance and thus enhance energy efficiency across the CPI fall into four main categories: operational improvements...

Integrated LNG and NGL Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Cryogenic NGL extraction plants from natural gas offer an attractive opportunity for LNG production as a side stream. Cold gas is tapped from the...

Brayton Refrigeration Cycle for Small Scale LNG Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Liquefying natural gas is an industrial process of great importance with the current worldwide production capacity of about 300 million tonnes per...

Special Section: Natural Gas - Transportation

August
2015
Special Section
Claudio Corgnale, Martin Sulic, Donald Anton, David Tamburello, Bruce Hardy
Development of natural gas as a fuel for light-duty vehicles will require innovative methods of onboard storage. One option under investigation is the use of adsorbents.

CEP: News Update

August
2015
News Update
Sponge-Like Catalyst Makes Bioplastic Cheaper and Greener; LED Combines Optoelectronic Powerhouses; New Water Splitter Produces Hydrogen; Algal Fuel Gets a Boost; and more.

Let the Bio-Based Isobutanol Gold Rush Begin

August 25, 2015
A four-year legal slugfest over the future of isobutanol is suddenly over. And everyone is still standing, and smiling, except any lawyer who considered the bitter dispute a...

Trouble at Japan's First Nuclear Restart

August 27, 2015
Four years after Japan locked down nuclear power in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant and forced 160,000 people...

Special Section: Natural Gas - The Energy Outlook

August
2015
Special Section
E Nicholas Jones, Todd W. Onderdonk, Lynne D. Taschner
Natural gas production is projected to grow in almost all regions of the world, with demand coming from the electric power generation, industrial, and transportation markets.

Dow Buying Texas Wind to Power Its Freeport Plant

August 13, 2015
The new state motto of Texas may soon be "Come for the natural gas but stay for the wind." Look no further than Dow Chemical to see how this has played out. The company had been...

Special Section: Natural Gas - Electric Power

August
2015
Special Section
Richard Dennis, Shailesh Vora, Jared Ciferno
The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.

August 2015 CEP Preview

August 20, 2015
SPECIAL SECTION: ENERGY Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges Natural Gas: The Energy Outlook Natural gas production is projected to grow in almost all regions of the world,...

Special Section: Natural Gas - Chemical Synthesis

August
2015
Special Section
John Marano, James Spivey, Bryan Morreale
Plentiful, low-cost natural gas will invigorate the chemicals industry over the next decade, as producers look to increase the role of natural gas as a feedstock in established processes, as well as develop new processes to convert methane into chemicals currently derived from petroleum.

Los Angeles' Low Cost Water-Saving Technology

August 19, 2015
For months Los Angeles has been putting millions of floating, black plastic balls into one of its largest reservoirs to block sunlight from triggering a hazardous chemical...

CFD Modeling of Air Emissions from Controlled Flare Tests

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
Although significant progress has been made in developing technologies capable of measuring flare efficiencies and emissions in situ, essential...

Integrating Wastewater Reuse with Seawater Desalination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
Freshwater shortages are forcing industrial customers to rethink water supply options. Industrial facilities located near oceans or saline aquifers...

Refinery Power Outages-Caues, Costs & Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Unplanned refinery shutdowns hit company earnings two ways: lost production and potential liabilities for excess flaring and unsafe operations. In...

Identifying Fugitive Flare Flow Using Radioisotope Tracers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:30am-11:00am
The regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the EPA has become more stringent with increasing requirements to collect data to demonstrate...

Jeff Surma Wants to Electrify Municipal Waste

February 18, 2013
Jeff Surma, a chemical engineer by training and now something of an energy visionary, has not only proven that InEnTec, his small startup, can profitably vaporize garbage by...

Texas Breaks Oil Production Records

April 17, 2014
Texas oil producers pumped 2.8 million barrels a day in January, the 28th month since August 2011 that the state’s oil output has increased by more than 25%.

High-Tech Flywheels Help Bring Stability to Grid

March 20, 2015
Pioneering flywheel developer Beacon Power is becoming one of the success stories of the evolving power grid. Its flywheels help to correct the obvious shortcomings of grid 1.0 by...

Record Energy Storage from New Sol-gel Material

July 31, 2015
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that...

Houston's SURGE Energy Accelerator Wants You!

December 11, 2012
Open to companies from all over the world, Surge is the only accelerator in the U.S. focused completely on energy software. It's now accepting applications for its second spring...

BP Puts Growing Wind Energy Division Up For Sale

April 10, 2013
BP has decided it's a good time to get out of the wind business, unloading 16 wind farms in nine states with a total capacity of about 2,600 megawatts. Short-sighted, or good...

Radical Wind Turbine Design Coming to California

August 27, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown has an ambitious plan to bring 20,000 megawatts of renewable power to his state, including 12,000 megawatts of distributed generation, and he wants...

The Tesla Powerwall's Serious Growing Pains

May 12, 2015
Earlier this month Elon Musk created a technology miracle: he made battery storage sexy enough during his product rollout that he had his audience whooping, cheering and clapping...

Turbine-free Wind Power [Video]

October 10, 2011
Mechanical engineering Francis C. Moon has proposed a new solution for wind energy that eliminates the need for turbines. Moon, who is Cornell University's Joseph D. Ford...

Changing the Future of Coal?

March 20, 2014
The Kemper plant gasifier technology is very different. It can convert low quality brown coal into into synthesis gas, while removing 65 percent of the CO2.

New Technique Could Reduce Biofuel Costs by 30%

February 25, 2015
To combat the challenges of breaking down lignocellulosic biomass in biofuel production, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment...
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