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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.

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General Motors' Private War on Coal

December 28, 2015
Several years ago, General Motors made a deal to turn Detroit municipal waste into steam, which helped to power one of its local plants in 2014. But that's just one facet of GM's...

The Sustainability Discipline

March 10, 2010
For a chemical engineer, I spend a lot of time with architects. I enjoy acquainting myself with people from different backgrounds who can provide a refreshing look to my own...

Converting Landfills into Energy Profitably

August 7, 2012
When you're the biggest trash hauler in the US, the world's growing stash of trash is your oyster. And Waste Management Inc, which rakes in $12.3 billion every year carting...

First Solar Snaps Up Silicon Startup TetraSun

May 21, 2013
For thin-film mega-company First Solar, the two-year crisis caused by the solar module supply glut may be almost over. The largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United...

Boeing's Biofuel Breakthrough in the Desert

February 3, 2014
Boeing just announced they've found a breakthrough: halophytes. These plants' seeds can be used to produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks.

Tidal Energy Plants Coming to Florida

June 23, 2014
A Swedish firm is bringing its tidal technology to Florida, where it will build commercial demonstration plants that aim to harness the force of the Gulf Stream.

Solar City's New PV Module Hits World Record

October 9, 2015
SolarCity has quickly moved from buying late-stage solar module startup Silevo a year ago to claiming production of "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module...

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...

Siemens Installs First 6MW Offshore Turbines

February 15, 2013
Five miles off the English coast in choppy 40-foot-deep water, Siemens quickly installed two of their newest 6MW wind turbines in just 24 hours at Gunfleet Sands.

China Doubles Down on New Thorium Reactor

April 11, 2014
As smoggy skies over China thicken into soup and life spans plummet, leaders recently pushed to develop a revolutionary thorium nuclear reactor in only 10 years.

Deepwater Wind to Install First US Offshore Wind

July 15, 2016
Developer Deepwater Wind is on the verge of launching the first offshore wind farm in the US. Later this fall, w hen its five turbines finally power up off the coast of Rhode...

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...

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...

New York City to Heat Homes with Food Scraps

January 15, 2014
New York City's wastewater treatment facility is about to undertake a new program that will result in pipeline-quality natural gas to heat homes across the five boroughs.

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.

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...

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...

U.S. Is World Energy Top Dog in 2013

October 9, 2013
According to recent statistics, the US will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas in 2013.

My Neighborhood Radioactive Waste Dump

February 22, 2016
Like so many of us, I jog through my neighborhood in pursuit of 10,000 steps a day. My urban journey through Queens, NY, is a slow blur of delis, liquor marts, and grocery stores...

New Prize Competitions Announced

July 30, 2010
In an update to " Prizes...the Future of Innovation? ," new prize competitions have been announced by the X PRIZE Foundation and NASA in which chemical engineers can potentially...

Energy Challenges and Successes

February 8, 2011
Crafting energy policy is a challenging balancing act. Even with the global and grassroots organizations across the globe pushing for cleaner fuels, bio-based fuels, and renewable...

Marcellus Shale Gas Volume in Question

August 31, 2011
The latest debate over Marcellus shale gas isn't about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but over how much gas there is to be removed. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently...

UCLA's New DIY Micro-Supercapacitor

March 8, 2013
UCLA professor Richard Kaner and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student, have just fabricated a micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitor, using a simple DVD burner.

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