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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

Battery Basics

Archived Webinar
Jan 13, 2016
This session takes a look at the electrochemistry behind batteries to get a sense of where the field is moving. Massive electricity storage would...

Experimental Results of Gasification of Raw Pine

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
Partial oxidation of carbonaceous fuels at high temperatures (gasification) is a process to produce alternative energy. On promising technique to...

Modular Production of Synthetic Petroleum from Shale Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
A current issue related to the production of petroleum from shale formations is the co-production of natural gas. In many cases, this co-produced gas...

Optimizing LNG Production Via Boil Off Gas System Design

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Optimizing LNG Production via Boil Off Gas System Design John Ergina – Technical Professional – Process, KBR Sumit Sharma – Senior Technical...

Production of Synthetic Fuel from Anaerobic Digester Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
The waste generated from feed lots, dairy farms, meat processing, etc can be converted to a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide using anaerobic...

Hydrolysis Kinetics of Woody Biomass: Surface Renewal

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
Woody biomass is known to be composed of three major components: cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose. Cellulose is the most stable natural polymer in...

Democratizing Fossil Fuel Conversion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Do you have a billion dollars? Neither do most of the 6 million companies in the Unites States. In fact, less than 10 companies in the U.S. can...

Hydrothermal Carbonization of Different Biomass Types

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
As a non-food renewable energy resource, lignocellulosic biomass is essential in augmenting limited fossil fuels to produce liquid fuels and...

Making Escherichia coli Grow on Methanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
The quest for using methanol as a substrate to produce useful metabolites such as commodity chemicals, chemical precursors, biopolymers,...

Aminosilicone Carbon Capture Process Development

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Liquid aminosilicone CO 2 capture solvents have been developed that have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of carbon capture from...

Production of Synthetic Fuel from Coal and Biomass

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
Ceramatec is the prime contractor on a project for the US Department of Energy to produce a ~2 BPD Fischer Tropsch pilot plant. The feedstock for the...

Bridging the Finance Gap for Carbon Capture and Storage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 9:00am-11:30am
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technically feasible technology that can be deployed to reduce CO 2 emissions from power plants and industrial...

Incandescent Bulb Reengineered for Efficiency

January 12, 2016
Researchers have found a way to funnel some of the incandescent bulb's wasted energy back into light production, boosting efficiency to a level that is comparable with current...

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
Process safety management is different in the biodiesel industry. Gain tools, techniques and regulatory guidance tailored to your unique needs.

Navigating Oil Price Volatility

January
2016
Business
David Burns, Jason McLinn, Mark Porter
After several years of stability, oil prices plummeted to record lows in mid-2014. This, along with increased natural gas production in North America, has radically changed the basic economics of the chemical industry.

US Navy Green Fleet Makes Biofuels the New Normal

January 29, 2016
The US Navy's biofuel program has just launched a great success with the Great Green Fleet, which is fueled with a drop-in blend of biofuel from beef tallow and petroleum-based...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Technology Integration Challenges

August
2011
Special Section
Jared P. Ciferno, John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be an important part of the transition to lower-carbon energy sources. However, widespread integration of CCS with existing power-generation plants and technologies — on a commercial scale and in a cost-...

January 2016 CEP Preview

January 15, 2016
BUSINESS Navigating Oil Price Volatility After several years of stability, oil prices plummeted to record lows in mid-2014. This, along with increased natural gas production in...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Navigating the Legal Landscape

August
2011
Special Section
Arnold W. Reitze Jr., Mary Ellen Ternes
A legal framework governing carbon sequestration will need to be put in place before major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects can get underway. A final rule issued under the Safe Drinking Water Act sets minimum requirements, but this is just...

Oil May Have Crashed but Renewables Set New Record

January 19, 2016
Anyone worried that the low prices hobbling oil explorers may have clobbered renewables too — especially wind and solar — can relax. Cooler heads prevailed once the message sunk...

Technical Entity Trends: Welcome to the TENT

January
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander, Derrick Wu
Welcome to Technical Entity Trends (TENT), a new monthly CEP column written by the staff of AIChE’s Technical Entities (TEs). The TEs are communities of chemical engineers and other professionals that address some of society’s grand challenges:...

Shell's Prelude FLNG Completes Major Construction

January 22, 2016
Shell has sent out a video update as its revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project winds up major construction in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in South Korea...

CEP: News Update

January
2016
News Update
Hybrid Material Delivers a One-Two Punch Gold and palladium are both valuable metals, for different reasons. Palladium is known for its catalytic ability, and gold for its plasmonic properties. Bifunctional Catalyst Upgrades Ethanol to Butanol...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Demonstrating CCS Integration

August
2011
Special Section
Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, P.E., P.G.
The largest, fully integrated process for separating CO2 from fluegas and compressing it to a supercritical fluid, transporting the CO2 by pipeline, and injecting the CO2 into a saline reservoir is now underway at the Plant Barry generating station...

Consider a Career in the Water Industry

January 20, 2016
Although not a traditional career route for chemical engineers, the water industry is a broad field that can offer both challenges and rewards.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage (Full 24-Page Supplement)

August
2011
Special Section
Daniel Brantley, Jared P. Ciferno, Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, Arnold W. Reitze, Jr., John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson, John Shafer, Mary Ellen Ternes
Technology Integration Challenges; Navigating the Legal Landscape; Characterizing a Geologic Formation; Demonstrating CCS Integration

2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 13-18, 2016
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.

From the Nanometer Scale to the Oilfield

Archived Webinar
Feb 4, 2015
This talk focuses on recent studies that are designed to better understand the nanometer length scale association mechanisms of asphaltenes and how...
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