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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

Elements of Two-Stage Unicracking for Maximum Distillate Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Diesel fuel is projected to be one of the strongest market growth transportation fuels over the next ten years. Availability of more heavy and sour...

Battery Design for Large Lithium and Zinc Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 7:00pm
A battery design is being evaluated which is particularly useful for larger battery applications such as in PHEV and electrical grid applications...

Growth Kinetic Study of Chlorella Vulgaris

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 7:00pm
Algae are simple autotrophic organisms that produce complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules such as carbon dioxide using energy...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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 :...

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 :...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

CEP: News Update

December
2014
News Update
Fossil Fuels Inspire Clean-Hydrogen Catalyst; Organic Solar Cells Heat Up; Biomass Waste Gets Upgraded; New Technique Puts Catalysts on the Right Track; and more.

CEP: News Update

November
2014
News Update
AIChE’s Initial Placement Survey: Where is the Class of 2014?; Producing More Ethanol with Less-Sensitive Microbes; Stretchable Patch Provides First-Class Health Monitoring; New Drug Capsule Takes the Ouch Out of Injections; Hybrid Device Combines a Solar Cell and a Battery.

CEP: News Update

October
2014
News Update
Tiny Assembly Line Builds Organic Molecules One Side Group at a Time; Engineered Microbes Synthesize Bio-Propane; Buckyballs Boost Organic Solar Cell Efficiency; Masquerade Ball: Squid Skin Inspires a New Material; A Microbial Approach to Pain Management; Phase Change: Liquid Battery for Grid-Scale Storage; and more.

CEP: News Update

September
2014
News Update
The Science Behind the Breakthrough Ebola Treatment; Polymers Crystallize into Zeolite-Like Structures; Magnetic Attraction: New Material Guides Fluid Flow; MoS2 Pushes Graphene Aside for Fast DNA Sequencing; and more.

CEP: News Update

August
2014
News Update
New Materials Combine Ultralight Weight with Ultrahigh Strength; A Breakthrough for Redox Flow Batteries; Carbon Nanotubes Catalyze Inexpensive Hydrogen; Diabetes Microchip Is as Good as Gold; and more.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - An Elegant Design Makes Compressed Air a Contender for Grid-Scale Storage

August
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
The potential for the integration of large amounts of renewable energy sources with the electricity grid will require large-scale storage devices. Compressed-air energy storage (CAES) is a cost-effective option for multi-hour storage applications. SustainX, a venture-capital-backed spin-out of Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, has developed a novel isothermal CAES technology that promises to eliminate the disadvantages of traditional CAES.

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

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