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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

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.

Saudi YPC Participates in PetroTech 2016 Bahrain

October 20, 2016
More than 3,500 refining and petrochemicals industry professionals and academics from over 30 countries attended the 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference and...

Full Range Natural Gas Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Large and untapped natural gas reservoirs offer the opportunity to design a versatile and efficient gas processing complex. An optimized concept for...

Breakthrough in Organic Fuel-Cell Catalysts

October 9, 2012
One of the current problems with fuel cells is the catalyst that helps convert sources of stored energy such as hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy. Currently made of...

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...

Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor [On Location]

November 11, 2013
A new approach to address the problems of the large land area required for cultivation, culture contamination and the difficult and costly dewatering of the harvested cells in...

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

Siemens Buys UK Tidal Energy Pioneer

March 1, 2012
Although tidal energy is a micro-niche market over-shadowed by wind and solar, global giant Siemens has recently upped its stake from 45 to 90 percent in tidal energy pioneer,...

Caustic Vapors Ruined Biggest US Refinery

July 5, 2012
Disaster began as a slow, small and unnoticed chemical spill – maybe even less than a barrel – until it destroyed the newest and largest oil refinery expansion in the US. How did...

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...

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...

May 2016 CEP Preview

May 13, 2016
This month, the CEP cover story takes a look at the advantages of fixed valves, while Back to Basics column gives smart tips for a successful energy assessment.

10 Trends & Updates in Biofuel

August 3, 2011
If you're having trouble keeping up with the fast-paced changes in biofuels, the following ten blurbs and links should provide a useful snapshot of biofuel trends. Read on for...

Is the Shape of the Solar Future about to Change?

January 29, 2013
The gale-force storm of internet Hype is starting to clog bandwidh so badly that LOLCats addicts are starting to complain. V3Solar , a Southern California startup, says that it...

Electricity and the Environment

July 11, 2014
Fossil fuels will continue to play an important part in electricity generation, and this opens the doors for many opportunities for young chemical engineers.

Nuclear Fusion Project Resumes

September 15, 2011
Joint European Torus reactor and its new lining. CLICK TO ENLARGE. The Joint European Torus (JET) reactor, the world's largest fusion experiment, is again active. Previously on...

Shipping Industry Turns to Wind Power

February 3, 2012
Along with advances in materials science – providing the world's strongest rope – and new kinds of wind-propulsion technology (kites), we may be about to see a second golden age...

Is Safe, Clean Fracking Possible?

June 5, 2012
The good news is that, yes, fracking can be made safe and clean, according to a new analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA). But the down side is that it probably will...

Promising Carbon Capture in Field Testing

July 31, 2013
Field tests conducted by US DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington aim to return carbon dioxide to the earth by injecting it into underground basalt formations.

Navy Converts Seawater into Fuel

April 30, 2014
Researchers have proven that it’s possible to power engines with a cheap and abundant seawater. To prove their point, they flew a model airplane using the new technology.

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...

Elon Musk Opens Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory

August 8, 2016
Two weeks ago reporters and fans joined Elon Musk and chief technical officer J.B. Straubel at the official opening of Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory, where, in addition to giving...
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