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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

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 P. 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.

What are Chemical Engineers Doing About Energy?

March
2008
Special Section
Bond Calloway
The first annual energy survey conducted by AIChE's Research and New Technology Committee provides insights into the energy-related research of chemical engineers.

The ChE's Role in Energy Research and Technology

April
2009
Special Section
Bond Calloway
Surveys of the energy-related papers presented at AIChE's annual meetings provide insights into the role of chemical engineers in energy science and engineering.

Meeting the Needs of the Water-Energy Nexus

April
2011
Critical Issues
Snehal Desai , David A. Klanecky
Water is required to produce energy, and energy is required to make use of water — the two are, and always will be, inextricably linked. Engineers must understand the water-energy nexus in order to manage both efficiently and sustainably.

SBE Special Section: Lignocellulosic Biofuels - Full 32-Page Supplement

March
2015
SBE Special Section
Tristan R. Brown, Robert Brown, Sergio C. Capareda, Bruce E. Dale, David Edwards, Vonnie Estes, Cesar Granda, Mark Holtzapple, Sagar Lonkar, Darlene Schuster, Charles Wyman
SBE Update; The Need for Biofuels; Producing Biofuels via the Thermochemical Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Sugar Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Carboxylate Platform; Scaling Up Bioenergy Technologies; Commercial-Scale Production of Lignocellulosic Biofuels

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: 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 P. 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.

Texas Is Giving Away Wind Energy

November 30, 2015
Wind power is now so cheap in Texas that many energy retailers offer special deals that include free electricity at night after demand drops and the turbines are still pumping out...

Renewables Help South Africa Save Its Grid

October 6, 2015
Starting with almost zero renewable energy in 2010, South Africa has now built out more than 1,000 megawatts of solar and 800 of wind power. This was made possible by opening up...

HP's Switch to Wind Power Signals US Tipping Point

October 8, 2015
Hewlett Packard recently signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for a Texas wind-farm developer to supply 112 megawatts of renewable energy to the company's state-wide...

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...

Profile: Tackling Microbial Control

October
2015
Profile
Our understanding of the Legionella pneumophila bacteria has come a long way since the 1970s, according to Christine McInnis, the Dow Microbial Control Global R&D Platform Leader at the Dow Chemical Company. “In the ’70s, when the first...

Los Angeles' Low Cost Water-Saving Technology

August 19, 2015
For months Los Angeles has been putting millions of floating, black plastic balls into one of its largest reservoirs to block sunlight from triggering a hazardous chemical...

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.

Let the Bio-Based Isobutanol Gold Rush Begin

August 25, 2015
A four-year legal slugfest over the future of isobutanol is suddenly over. And everyone is still standing, and smiling, except any lawyer who considered the bitter dispute a...

CEP: News Update

August
2015
News Update
Sponge-Like Catalyst Makes Bioplastic Cheaper and Greener; LED Combines Optoelectronic Powerhouses; New Water Splitter Produces Hydrogen; Algal Fuel Gets a Boost; and more.

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...

Dow Buying Texas Wind to Power Its Freeport Plant

August 13, 2015
The new state motto of Texas may soon be "Come for the natural gas but stay for the wind." Look no further than Dow Chemical to see how this has played out. The company had been...

August 2015 CEP Preview

August 20, 2015
SPECIAL SECTION: ENERGY Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges Natural Gas: The Energy Outlook Natural gas production is projected to grow in almost all regions of the world,...

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...

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.

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...

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...
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