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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

Designing Sustainable Options for Bioenergy Crops

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2009 - 7:00pm
Currently, the complexity and scale dependency of land-use decisions and their impacts are not understood, defined, or described with adequate...

Advanced Biofuels - The Path Forward

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00pm
Oil prices go up and they come down and our ability to forecast them with any real confidence has not been particularly good. A year ago when oil...

Clean Coal Technology and CO2 Capture: A Perspective

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00pm
Absolute and per-capita energy consumption is bound to increase globally, leading to a projected increase in energy requirements of 50% by 2020. The...

Titania Nanotube Supported Gold Photoanodes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00pm
Photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) combine a photovoltaic device for light harvesting and an electrolyzer for water splitting into a single system...

New Technologies in Refining

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:00am
In today’s competitive environment, development and implementation of new refining technology can differentiate one refining company from another...

Biomass Thermal Conversion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:00am
Papers are on topics related sustatinable supply of a wide variety of biomass feedstocks to meet the needs of evolving liquid fuel demand (...

Nuclear Process Chemistry Tutorial - Session 4

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:00am
Part IV of a two day tutorial on nuclear process chemistry is presented in four instruction sessions and two review/problem sessions. Purpose of the...

Nuclear Process Chemistry Tutorial - Session 3

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:30am
Part III of a two day tutorial on nuclear process chemistry is presented in four instruction sessions and two review/problem sessions. Purpose of the...

Advances in Biofuel Technologies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:30am
Papers on biodiesel production advances. Please Note : Advances in Biofuel Technologies -- Spring Meeting 2009 includes the following recorded...

LNG Safety - I

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:30am
This session presents advancements in LNG safety in LNG baseload and receiving terminals, LNG ships and other related areas. Please Note : LNG Safety...

LNG Equipment - II

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:00am
This session presents advancements in LNG equipment in heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, tubines, electrical systems, control, etc. Please Note :...

Hydrogen Production, Storage and Utilization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 4:30am
Papers on challenges and opportunities in hydrogen from renewable resources. The U.S. Dept of Energy Hydrogen Program: Status and Performance Gaps of...

LNG Equipment - I

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 4:30am
This session presents advancements in LNG equipment in heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, tubines, electrical systems, control, etc. Please Note :...

Developing Energy Strategies Plenary

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 8:00pm
This special plenary session will feature invited speakers to discuss the most significant energy issues currently confronting industry today in the...

Sustainable Energy II

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am
This session celebrates the expanded scope of Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. It features speakers selected for the inaugural issue...

Nuclear Process Chemistry Tutorial - Session 2

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am
Part II of a two day tutorial on nuclear process chemistry is presented in four instruction sessions and two review/problem sessions. Purpose of the...

Recent Advances in Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am
Papers on dealing with recent advances in basic and applied research work on fuel cell (including feed stocks) and battery technology. Please Note :...

LNG Regasification

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am
This session presents papers on the advances in LNG receiving terminals and regasfication facilities in vaporiztion technology etc. Please Note : LNG...

Government Role in Alternative Energy: Strategy and Perspective

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 4:00am
Speakers from the federal and local government present their perspectives on goals, strategies and funding opportunities as it relates to alternative...

Nuclear Process Chemistry Tutorial - Session 1

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 4:00am
Part I of a two day tutorial on nuclear process chemistry is presented in four instruction sessions and two review/problem sessions. Purpose of the...

Challenges for Global Energy

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2009
This presentation describes and evaluates the technical, political, and economic challenges involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy...

Climate Change: Engineering R/D Needed!

Archived Webinar
Jan 14, 2009
There are large uncertainties in the climate change debate that reflect the absence of the engineering community. These uncertainties call into...

A Century of Separations: CO2 Recovery: Myth and Legend

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Carbon dioxide recovery will be the major challenge for the separations community for the foreseeable future. Various separations technologies are...

100 Years of Petroleum Refining Catalysts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 11:50am
100 years ago in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T Ford and ushered in the age when cars were affordable to middle class Americans. At that...

History of the Development of LNG Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 9:30am
LNG started with the peak-shaving LNG plants in the USA. This is followed by the international interest of transporting LNG across the ocean for...

A Century of Petrochemical Advances

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 8:30am
This session will focus on advances in the petrochemical industry, past, present, and future. The beginnings of the petrochemical industry date back...

Changing the Future of Coal?

March 20, 2014
The Kemper plant gasifier technology is very different. It can convert low quality brown coal into into synthesis gas, while removing 65 percent of the CO2.

Wind Energy Dukes It Out With Fossil Fuels

February 20, 2013
2012 turned out to be a year when old assumptions about wind energy began to shift as the planet’s installed wind capacity jumped from 238 GWs to about 282 GWs. Read about the big...

On Site: North American Student Energy Summit

August 13, 2014
Erin Alderink of the University of Michigan reports on her experience at the North American Student Energy Summit (NASES), as part of her internship in the Washington Internships...

Caustic Vapors Ruined Biggest US Refinery

July 5, 2012
Disaster began as a slow, small and unnoticed chemical spill – maybe even less than a barrel – until it destroyed the newest and largest oil refinery expansion in the US. How did...

High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage into Gas

August 14, 2012
As America's dump-truck-accessible landfill spaces fill to the brim with garbage, the nation's $12.5 billion trash hauling king turned to a 52-year-old chemical engineer with a...

Saudis Want to Export Solar Power to Europe

December 31, 2012
Why does overcast and cloudy Germany dominate European solar while sun-drenched Saudi Arabia lets this unlimited resource simply fall unused to the ground, squandered?
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