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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

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...

Processing Challenges with Tight Oil

Archived Webinar
Jun 4, 2014
This presentation provides insight into processing challenges with tight oil. Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North...

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

November, 2013
Green Chemistry and Engineering presents the green approach as an essential tool for tacking problems in chemistry. This text covers introductory concepts in general, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry as well as biochemistry.

Mid-Scale LNG Processes

Archived Webinar
Oct 16, 2013
This Webinar presents the need for natural gas liquefaction (LNG), the LNG value chain, and compares several technologies such as the PRICO® single...

VLS: Great Inventions That Changed The World

Archived Webinar
Mar 28, 2013
You will not only learn about inventions and inventors, but also the impact they have had on our lives and the society and environment in which we...

From Wet Algae to Liquid Fuels

Archived Webinar
Mar 20, 2013
The presentation provides some general background on biofuels and on the use of algae as a biomass source for making liquid fuels. The presentation...

Future Fuels and Chemicals: Grand Challenges and Opportunities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
To insure a Sustainable Future, CO 2 emissions must be reduced despite strong future growth in demand. “Easy oil” from conventional production will...

Fracking: The Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale

Archived Webinar
Nov 15, 2011
Led by experts from academia, government and industry, this interactive Web Forum presents an overview of the history, the current state of...

Achieving "Superior Energy Performance"

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
This Webinar, sponsored by South Texas Section of the AIChE, Texas Industries of the Future and AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives, was presented at...

Biological Synthesis of Fuels and Chemicals

Archived Webinar
Jul 22, 2010
Global energy and climate problems have stimulated increased efforts in synthesizing fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Compared to the...

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...

Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid (Full 26-Page Supplement)

August
2014
Special Section
Bond Calloway, Donald Chmielewski, Xiaoming Feng, Girish Ghatikar, Iiro Harjunkoski, David M. Heitzer, Sila Kiliccote, Nathan Mancha, Mary Ann Piette, Ernst Scholtz
Smart Grid: The Basics - What? Why? Who? How?; You Are Not Alone; Implementing Automated Demand Response; Industry Meets the Smart Grid

Energy Research: Following the Money

July
2010
Special Section
Bond Calloway
Surveys of the energy-related papers presented at AIChE’s annual meetings shed light on the funding pathways for energy research by chemical engineers.

Special Section: Energy - Shale Gas [Full Supplement]

August
2012
Special Section
Jesse F. Goellner, William Liss, Stephen A. Holditch, P.E., Trevor Smith, Mary Ellen Ternes
The production of natural gas from shale formations is one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. oil and gas industry today.

Bringing a Star to Earth

April
2009
Special Section
Jan Berry, Bond Calloway
An international R&D effort to build a fusion reactor and demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power is underway.

Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

December
2012
Alan Rossiter, Veerasamy Venkatesan
Managing the energy consumption of a process does not need to be complicated. This article presents some examples of less-complicated strategies.

Special Section: Natural Gas - The Energy Outlook

August
2015
Special Section
E Nicholas Jones, Todd W. Onderdonk, Lynne D. Taschner
Natural gas production is projected to grow in almost all regions of the world, with demand coming from the electric power generation, industrial, and transportation markets.

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.

Improve Energy Efficiency via Heat Integration

December
2010
Heat Transfer
Alan Rossiter
Process heat integration using pinch analysis is a respected tool for achieving energy efficiency. This article explains what pinch analysis is and how to use it in process design and operation to attain real-world energy efficiency gains.

Canada Ready to Change Course on Climate Change

December 9, 2015
A breakthrough in the Paris climate talks suddenly seemed possible a year ago, after President Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping — representing the world's biggest polluters —...

Special Section: Energy (Full 32-Page Supplement)

October
2013
Special Section
Michelle Bryner, Gerry M. Clarke, Andrew N. Jansen, Avani Patel, Robert Spotnitz
Lithium-Ion Batteries: The Basics; Raw Material Considerations; Component Materials; Endless Uses

Nuclear Waste Policy in the United States

July
2010
Special Section
Bond Calloway, Sarah Widder
The current U.S. reactor fleet produces 2,100–2,400 ton/yr of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). After 50-plus years of nuclear power generation, 64,000 tons of SNF has accumulated in temporary storage at the reactor sites. How did we get where we are, and...

Special Section: Natural Gas - Chemical Synthesis

August
2015
Special Section
John Marano, James Spivey, Bryan Morreale
Plentiful, low-cost natural gas will invigorate the chemicals industry over the next decade, as producers look to increase the role of natural gas as a feedstock in established processes, as well as develop new processes to convert methane into chemicals currently derived from petroleum.

CNG Cars May Soon Have a Smart New Alternative

December 8, 2015
Jeffery Long, professor of chemistry and chemical and bimolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have devised a space-efficient natural-gas...

Succeed at Process Integration

January
2004
Career Catalyst
Alan Rossiter
In the application of pinch analysis for energy efficiency improvement and process optimization, technical excellence is necessary and human interactions are important for project success.

Special Section: Natural Gas - Transportation

August
2015
Special Section
Donald Anton, Claudio Corgnale, Bruce Hardy, Martin Sulic, David Tamburello
Development of natural gas as a fuel for light-duty vehicles will require innovative methods of onboard storage. One option under investigation is the use of adsorbents.

How Desalination Created Modern Qatar

December 16, 2015
Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and...

Special Section: Energy - Lithium-Ion Batteries

October
2013
Special Section
Michelle Bryner
Batteries are being asked to meet daunting performance requirements that could soon be pushing up against the limits of existing battery technologies. Portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-scale storage require high energy density and power, low cost, and safety.

Producing Fuels and Chemicals from Lignocellulosic Biomass

August
2008
SBE Special Section
Mark Holtzapple, Rocio Sierra, Aaron Smith, Cesar Granda and Mark T. Holtzapple
As oil and natural gas prices rise, lignocellulosic biomass becomes a viable feedstock for the fuel and chemical industries— provided key issues are addressed.

Make Your Plant More Energy-Efficient

December
2005
Heat Transfer
Alan Rossiter
Improve energy management by optimizing current equipment and operations, implementing economic investments, and engaging in sustaining activities.

Algal Biofuels: The Research

March
2011
SBE Special Section
Kuan-Chen Cheng, Kimberly Ogden
The individual technical elements of the algae-to-biofuels process have already been demonstrated at the laboratory scale. Ongoing research seeks to refine the technology to enable scaleup to commercial production.
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