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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

Reducing Process Complexity for Cellulosic Ethanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Much of the process complexity and high capital costs associate with cellulosic ethanol (dilute acid hydrolysis as a pretreatment and enzymatic...

Cellulose Extraction From Rice Hulls Using Ionic Liquids

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 8:00pm
Over one fifth of calories consumed by humanity are from rice. Consequently, vast quantities of rice hulls are disposed of as waste, since the hull...

Synthesis of Optimal Adsorptive Carbon Capture Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:00pm
Solid sorbent carbon capture systems have the potential to require significantly lower regeneration energy compared to aqueous monoethanol amine (MEA...

Fermentation of Carbon Dioxide to Ethanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 8:00pm
Many fermentation processes have been used to convert biomass to various fuels. Syngas, which is a mixture of CO, CO 2 , and H 2 , is one process...

Making Coal Clean

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 8:00pm

Natural Gas Future

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
Natural gas, at prices significantly below BTU parity with oil for a long time to come, will certainly play a pivotal role in world energy supply and...

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...

Solar Based Sustainable Energy Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 7:00pm
The recent swings in oil prices again remind us that the world's supply of fossil fuels is finite. Roughly 85% of current energy use is being met by...

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...

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...

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...

100 Years of Advancement in Fuels and Petrochemicals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 11:20am
The technology of petroleum refining will be compared as it was in 1908 with it is in 2008, a period of time that can be designated as the “petroleum...

Nuclear Renaissance: A Flawed Proposition

July
2010
Special Section
Anthony D'Agostino, Benjamin K. Sovacool
Nuclear power has never been safe and it never will be. Efficiency gains and investment in renewable sources of energy will be sufficient to power the planet without resorting to nuclear reactors.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Navigating the Legal Landscape

August
2011
Special Section
Arnold W. Reitze Jr., Mary Ellen Ternes
A legal framework governing carbon sequestration will need to be put in place before major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects can get underway. A final rule issued under the Safe Drinking Water Act sets minimum requirements, but this is just...

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Turning a Problem into a Cure for Increased Ethanol Yield

January
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
The beneficial microbes that convert milk into yogurt and act in our guts to promote digestive health cause big problems in ethanol fermentation tanks. These lactic acid bacteria (LAB) proliferate in ethanol feedstock and inhibit growth of ethanol-producing yeast — which slows down fermentation, reduces biofuel yield by as much as 20% per pound of input material, and results in production shutdowns due to contamination. The most common control measures, chemical antimicrobials such as antibiotics, do not eliminate LAB. Additionally, the potential for antibiotic residue limits the marketability of dried distillers grains, a byproduct of the fermentation process used as animal feed. Ecolyse Inc., based in College Station, TX, is working to address this issue by developing products to treat bacterial contamination.

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.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - A Biodegradable Plastic Made from Waste Methane

February
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
What if we could make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just disappear? What if plastics didn’t accumulate in our landfills? What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while replacing up to 30% of the world’s plastics with a biodegradable substitute? Researchers have tried for decades to achieve these goals. One approach being taken is the development of an efficient production process for poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) — a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used to make yogurt containers.

Special Section: Natural Gas - Electric Power

August
2015
Special Section
Jared Ciferno, Richard Dennis, Shailesh Vora
The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Demonstrating CCS Integration

August
2011
Special Section
Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, P.E., P.G.
The largest, fully integrated process for separating CO2 from fluegas and compressing it to a supercritical fluid, transporting the CO2 by pipeline, and injecting the CO2 into a saline reservoir is now underway at the Plant Barry generating station...
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