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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

Process Safety Management for Biodiesel

eLearning (online) Course
OSHA is closely monitoring the biodiesel industry. In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve your process safety management and eliminate...

Distillation in Practice

eLearning (online) Course
This course covers all essential distillation concepts likely to be faced by process support, operations, and design engineering personnel.

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
Process safety management is one of the most frequently cited hazards at ethanol plants by OSHA. In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve...

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
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.

Electric Buses a Hit in Southern California

May 1, 2015
One South Carolina company is popularizing the battery-powered bus to great success in Southern California, pushing polluting, diesel-fueled buses off the streets.

CEP: News Update

May
2015
News Update
Metabolic Engineering Delivers Low-Cost Hydrogen; Metal-Free Catalyst Recharges Zinc-Air Batteries; Aluminum Could Take Charge of the Battery Market; New Desalination Membrane Resists Chlorine; and more

Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Home Battery Storage

May 5, 2015
After dropping hints about a new product launch for months, when CEO Elon Musk walked on stage at the Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, California, he faced a revved-up crowd of...

May 2015 CEP Preview

May 11, 2015
Energy The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency Enhance your facility’s energy efficiency through operational improvements, effective maintenance, engineered improvements...

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...

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.

Energy Management and Efficiency for the Process Industries

April, 2015
Editors Alan P. Rossiter and Beth P. Jones have gathered material that lays out the underlying management and technical issues that drive successful industrial energy management program. With a foreword by the Hon. Charles D. McConnell, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, the book provides a clear understanding of both scope of the opportunity and the available methodologies for capturing energy savings.

CEP: News Update

April
2015
News Update
Chameleon-Like Material Changes Color On Demand; New Genes for an Old Microbe Make Statins Cheaper; A Sweet Approach to Breaking Down Cellulose; New Catalyst Pushes Lignin Up on the Value Chain; and more.

Battery Storage Takes On Gas Peaker Plants

April 16, 2015
Replacing peaker plants has been one of the holy grails of battery storage since AES Energy Storage put its first small 1MW and 2MW projects on the grid to perform frequency...

Working with Tight Oil

April
2015
Back To Basics
Timothy Olsen
Crude oil derived from shale plays is less expensive and more readily available than traditional crudes, but it poses unique challenges to refiners.

April 2015 CEP Preview

April 3, 2015
Career Catalyst Humanitarian Chemical Engineering A broader view of ethics and professional responsibility considers the engineer’s impact on humanity. Read this article now...

Shell Buys BG Group for $70 Billion

April 14, 2015
As global energy needs have soared, liquefied natural gas has become a global commodity as it's transported around the world on ships from remote locations to energy-hungry...

Biofuels: Metrics and Challenges

Archived Webinar
Aug 22, 2012
Learn about the critical economic, environmental and social issues that will impact a biofuels project along with the technical programs that could...

A New Chemical Boom and Bust Cycle?

May 21, 2012
Smart bet, or risky move? Low natural gas prices have been good for Dow Chemical, but some analysts wonder if the boom will lead to an eventual sales bust.

Chemical Companies Lauded for Energy Efficiency

April 19, 2011
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) recently honored 16 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2010. Together, these improvements saved 14.8...

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

April 4, 2014
Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The...

Greener Use of Fossil Fuels: Lithium from Coal

March 27, 2015
Geologists from the Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, China have devised a plan to extract the lithium previously discovered in coal deposits in the northern part of the...

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.

Bioconversion of Methane

April 29, 2014
Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don't need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at...

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...

SBE Special Section: Lignocellulosic Biofuels - Full 32-Page Supplement

March
2015
SBE Special Section
Bruce Dale, Robert Brown, Charles Wyman, David Edwards, Mark Holtzapple, Darlene Schuster, Sagar Lonkar, Cesar Granda, Tristan R. Brown, Vonnie Estes, Sergio C. Capareda
SBE Update; The Need for Biofuels; Producing Biofuels via the Thermochemical Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Sugar Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Carboxylate Platform; Scaling Up Bioenergy Technologies; Commercial-Scale Production of Lignocellulosic Biofuels

CEP: News Update

March
2015
News Update
Cheap and Abundant Potassium Outperforms Precious Metal Catalyst; Engineering Bioethanol without the Food Gap; Supercomputers Identify Optimal Zeolites; Synthetic Biology Pushes Gene Therapy Forward; and more.

Challenges of the Water-Energy Nexus

March 19, 2015
Next Wednesday (March 25), AIChE, in conjunction with the International Society for Water Solutions and the Center for Energy Initiatives , will present a webinar on the water-...

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...

Dynamic Emulsion Characterization

Archived Webinar
Jan 21, 2015
This presentation illustrates several analytical tools that are being used to characterize dynamic emulsion behavior with application to flow...

A Novel Forward Osmosis Draw Solution

February 4, 2015
Although significant research efforts regarding new membranes for forward osmosis are underway, less attention has been paid to researching the draw solutions and solutes that...

Can Texas Solve the World's Coal Problem?

June 21, 2012
Ten years ago then-mayor of Dallas Laura Miller helped halt the construction of 11 coal-fired power plants in Texas. So why is she now pushing to build a new coal-fired plant? The...

New Lithium Battery Poised to Change Grid Storage

February 24, 2015
A stealth, 10-year-old startup has emerged as a serious rival to Tesla in the race to achieve grid battery manufacturing by spending $1 billion to turn an old North Carolina...

CEP: News Update

February
2015
News Update
Pop-Up Method Transforms 2D Materials into 3D Objects; Digging in the Dirt Uncovers a New Antibiotic; Algorithm Predicts Bacteria Countermoves; An Organic Approach to Controlled Polymerization; and more.

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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