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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

The New Energy Mix: Abundance and Sustainability?

October 17, 2012
The US’s surge in production of natural gas is by methods that are spreading around the world. As oil begins to be abundant, too, can we have the benefits and still move toward...

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...

Is Grid Storage a Myth?

August 25, 2014
One voice in the debate advocates a software solution, with predictive computer models tracking production and demand and then intelligently routing power where it’s needed.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Scottish Surge in Wave-Energy Innovations

December 1, 2011
In Europe offshore wind is the great blustery hope among the political class, with new projects announced weekly. But lately, scientists have begun to pay attention to ocean waves...

Team Boosts Microbial Diesel Fuel Production

March 30, 2012
Jay Keasling and researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a new technique that boosts microbial production of renewable biodiesel fuel as much as...

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.

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...

Bio-Energy Boom Creating ChE Jobs in New Mexico

January 30, 2012
Located in the heart of the revitalized oil-rich Permian Basin , just five miles from west Texas, dusty and dry Hobbs, New Mexico, has always been considered the "Oil Capitol of...

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.

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.

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...

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...
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