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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

12th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium

January 2-6, 2019
The 12th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium will take place 2-6 June 2019 in exciting San Antonio, TX. Please check back soon for more updates on the Call for Abstracts and other program announcements. The triennial Natural Gas Conversion Symposium has been bringing together the world's leaders in...

2017 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 29 - November 3, 2017
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.

Hydroprocessing for Clean Energy: Design, Operation, and Optimization

January, 2017
This book provides a holistic approach that looks at changing process conditions, possible process design changes, and process technology upgrades. It includes process integration techniques for improving process designs and for applying optimization techniques for improved operations, with a focus...

Distillation in Practice

eLearning (online) Course
Learn essential distillation concepts including vapor liquid equilibrium, start-up and troubleshooting, and other best practices with this online...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Sour Gas Has a Sweeter Future

January
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
Many distributed natural-gas-containing resources, which include natural gas, landfill gas, and biogas, contain significant amounts of sulfur (mainly as hydrogen sulfide). The sulfur content in these gases, which can range from several hundred parts per million to several percent, must be reduced to acceptable levels (e.g., 1 ppm for demanding catalytic processes and several hundred ppm for internal combustion engines or boilers) before these gases can be utilized.

Editorial: Making RAPID Gains in Energy Efficiency

January
2017
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
In a 2012 report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examined energy-efficiency opportunities looking forward to 2050 and found that energy efficiency could reduce projected 2050 U.S. energy use by 40–60%. Achieving those...

Treated Carbon Could Purify Fukushima Water

January 23, 2017
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia report that oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) presents a way to purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of...

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016
This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

Catalyzing Commercialization: Converting Waste Heat into Electrical Power

December
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
Waste heat is an enormous and largely untapped source of low-cost energy. More than half of the energy consumed in the world escapes into the atmosphere in the form of waste heat. With global energy demand projected to increase by nearly 50% by 2040...

Catalyzing Commercialization: DNA Sequencing: A New Diagnostic Tool for the Oil Industry

November
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
The U.S. oil industry is trying to do more with less, as operators seek to maximize reservoir production during a period of low oil prices. Producers are looking for cost-effective technology advances that can give them a competitive advantage to maintain profitability. One such technology may come from an unlikely source: the Human Genome Project.

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...

Scientists Turn Wood into Fuel [Video]

March 3, 2010
Discovery-News.com: Discovery's Tracy Staedter and Matt Danzico visit University of Massachusetts Amherst to learn how biomass gas be transformed into green gasoline. For more...

Bill Gates on Energy

October 11, 2010
Bill Gates shares some interesting thoughts on energy at Ted Talks. This from TEDtalksDirector : At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future,...

Cooking Tortillas With Solar Power in Mexico

December 21, 2012
Under a blazing sun in Mexico's central mountain range, locally made, dish-shaped, solar panels suck up the area's intense light and beam 2000° heat into local kitchens.

Coke Zero and Mentos Powered Car

June 10, 2010
Guess what you can create with 108 bottles of Coke Zero and 648 mentos? It's EepyBird, a rocket car propelled by the 2 aforementioned products. Throughout the EepyBird Youtube...

How Can Cities Help Save the Future?

August 17, 2011
Think of cities as nothing but a huge energy drain? Not exactly what you think of related to the words eco-friendly or green? Well, you may want to rethink your position on this...

The Saudi Oil Glut's Winners and Losers

March 18, 2016
Speaking to a packed auditorium during CERAWeek in Houston, Texas, Saudi Arabia's oil minister laid out the oil crash's cruel math for industry CEOs: first of all, the great oil...

July 2016 CEP Preview

July 19, 2016
In the special energy section this month, CEP looks at hydrogen fuel cells, delving into the technology's obstacles and its potential.

Dodge Pick-Up Runs on Water

September 7, 2010
David Seigler and Fredrick Wood and of Future Energy Concepts have converted a pick-up truck to run on nothing but water. More from Youtube User PESNetwork : [Here is] a video...

Electric Cars the Star of Frankfurt Auto Show

September 27, 2011
The Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this month showed a wide range of electric cars, from small and affordable to high-powered sports and luxurious sports cars. Two noteworthy...

BP's 'Video 2030' Reveals 20-Year Energy Trends

February 17, 2012
Obviously, the US plays a central part in BP's recent 2030 Energy Outlook, but the big story is global prosperity: the growing pressure on global energy supplies by the increasing...

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...

But Just What Is Fugacity?

August 19, 2013
Still have nagging questions about fugacity? Put them to rest with this tutorial or one of the many other videos on the subject.

Flow Battery Makers Battle over New Electrolyte

September 9, 2014
One flow battery manufacturer tossed its iron-chromium battery chemistry to switch to much-more-expensive vanadium. Despite vanadium's cost, the company has created a better-...

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...

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...

Nuclear Power in the U.S. - What do you think?

April 14, 2010
Image by Curtis Gregory Perry via Flickr For the first time in 30 years, the federal government of the United States is prepared to finance the construction of two new nuclear...

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