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.
February 14, 2013
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August 21, 2014
At Goldman Sachs' a huge thermal storage system makes 1.7 million pounds of ice every night, as cold anti-freeze passes through tanks to freeze water inside.
April 6, 2015
Tesla isn't the only car company that's dreaming about building a mass-market electric car that can travel 300 miles without recharging. But the technological limitations of...
March 3, 2010
A new wave of technologies is on the verge of producing energy that's clean, renewable, and most importantly, affordable.
October 5, 2010
An MIT chemical engineering group using carbon nanotubes has managed to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell. Their specially designed...
March 16, 2011
With the rise in the world’s population and resultant increased need for water in agriculture and power generation, shortages could develop without creative water reuse schemes...
July 7, 2011
It looks like the humble inkjet printer might be the next great solar-tech manufacturing platform. Several confident Oregon State University ChemEs are touting an amazing...
October 21, 2011
AIChE's 2011 Annual Meeting marks the first year for the World Congress on Sustainable Engineering Plenary . The World Congress served as the official introduction to sessions...
March 12, 2012
A new economic trend emerged during 2011. The United States actually began exporting more petroleum products than it imported for the first time since 1949.
July 20, 2012
Begun just months after the Fukushima accident, Georgia's $14 billion Vogtle nuclear reactor expansion is progressing under immense scrutiny. Check out the video progress report...
December 20, 2012
Watch a demonstration of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) conducted by BP to improve pipeline inspections in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
May 20, 2013
CEP editor Emily Frangenberg had a chance to speak with Dr. Sunita Satyapal, who is director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program within the Office...
September 10, 2013
The company's patented system is different from other wave energy devices because it operates completely under water.
February 3, 2014
Boeing just announced they've found a breakthrough: halophytes. These plants' seeds can be used to produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks.
June 23, 2014
A Swedish firm is bringing its tidal technology to Florida, where it will build commercial demonstration plants that aim to harness the force of the Gulf Stream.
January 12, 2015
The impending CO2 emissions reduction requirements will drive the need for retrofits on many existing coal-fired power plants. Read on for an analysis of potential costs.
June 11, 2015
Starting slowly but gathering force and quickly accelerating between 2007 and the winter of 2015, the global energy market was completely upended, retooled, and reconstituted...
May 19, 2010
Co-winner for the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics and accomplished physicist, Dr. Steven Chu has been our 12th Secretary of Energy since January 21, 2009. But how much do you know...
December 20, 2010
In response to some recent posts on applications of renewable energy and moving energy use/production off grid, I've been thinking about technologies and concepts could be...
April 26, 2011
University of California, Riverside, students won the EPA P3 Student Choice award at the annual P3 student competition in Washington, D.C. Their project, "Clean, Renewable, Grid-...
August 17, 2011
The biomass used to produce biofuel is most easily converted to ethanol, but that has always come with trade-offs. The primary problem: ethanol is less energy dense than petroleum...
December 16, 2011
The now famous X-Prizes' are global competitions to spur technological innovation. The inaugural prize--worth over $10 million--was awarded to the first privately financed...
April 25, 2012
Becoming the latest company to take advantage of the shale boom's flat-lining natural gas prices, Dow Chemical's Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO, recently announced the...
September 20, 2012
Unmanned, open-ocean Wave Gliders use no fuel, produce no emissions, and travel up to 2,000 miles using only wave power. Silicon Valley startup Liquid Robotics makes and operates...
February 11, 2013
AltaRock Energy, enhanced geothermal pioneer, reached a milestone in Oregon, near the Newberry Crater, after stimulating several fractures from one wellbore.
July 5, 2013
Portland General Electric's new system – part of a demonstration project – will store excess electricity produced by solar and wind.
October 29, 2013
Samsung in South Korea is building Shell’s 488 meter, 600,000 dwt Prelude, the world’s largest, offshore, floating LNG facility, a totally new type of vessel.
April 11, 2014
As smoggy skies over China thicken into soup and life spans plummet, leaders recently pushed to develop a revolutionary thorium nuclear reactor in only 10 years.
July 30, 2014
Silently racing around a 4.2 km track in Australia, the Sunswift smashed the old record of 73 km/h (45 mph) by averaging 100 km/h over a distance of 500 km.
March 10, 2015
Scientists have discovered an important step to developing a solar-powered process to split water into hydrogen fuel.
July 29, 2015
July 30, 2014 was just another budget-busting day to cash-strapped oil importers like Jordan and India as they bought oil on the global market. But in hindshight, it was the last...
August 24, 2010
Professor Martin Tangney Talks About Whiskey Biofuel.
March 14, 2011
One of the more interesting concepts in dealing with waste materials is the desire to convert them to higher value materials for reuse or as feed stocks for existing chemical and...
June 21, 2011
Recently, Fast Company noted that Google had made several large, flashy, renewable energy investments: a $168 million investment in California's Ivanpah solar farm and a $100...
September 26, 2011
Lunar Cubit was designed for Abu Dhabi just outside Masdar City , which will be the world's first zero carbon city . Both art and technology, Lunar Cubit provides solar energy to...
February 13, 2012
There has always been a roadblock in the way of algae's potential as an efficient biofuel: no economical method to harvest and remove the water. Until now. A team led by Will...
June 20, 2012
Chevron Corp. is considering using solar energy to produce the steam needed to coax heavy crude from an oilfield straddling Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, since standard oil recovery...
November 19, 2012
More sunlight strikes the earth in one hour than all of the energy currently consumed on the planet in one year. As the world’s energy consumption rate is projected to double by...
April 2, 2013
Many fear Chinese competition in the solar market, but what does it mean when a Chinese manufacturer goes belly up?
August 21, 2013
Timely new stats from the DOE reveal how one household appliance has blown electricity use through the roof. You guessed it: air conditioning.
January 15, 2014
New York City's wastewater treatment facility is about to undertake a new program that will result in pipeline-quality natural gas to heat homes across the five boroughs.
May 23, 2014
India’s election is over, and Narendra Modi just won a smashing victory. He wants to enable every home to run at least one light bulb by 2019.
October 13, 2014
Norway's biggest seafood companies have found a new use for pure CO2. They're planning to use it to grow algae brimming with omega-3 to enrich fish food.
May 5, 2015
After dropping hints about a new product launch for months, when CEO Elon Musk walked on stage at the Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, California, he faced a revved-up crowd of...
April 9, 2010
The power-generating abilities of solar arrays are vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters, such as clouds and nighttime; whereas fossil fuel -based plants suffer from...
November 10, 2010
Back in the Salt Palace near the Chenected booth, I found myself in the Sustainable Electricity: Generation and Storage Session. As issues centering around renewable energy...
March 29, 2011
Research is underway in The Netherlands to demonstrate a single palladium membrane reactor (600C) technology to reduce the energy use and cost of small-scale, fuel-cell based...
July 22, 2011
In the race to develop greener energy, no self-respecting global oil company wants to be left behind. They're already bulking up on natural gas. Recently, French oil major Total...
November 29, 2011
NASCAR has gone solar. Constructed in a former 25-acre parking lot adjacent to the 2.5 mile track by enXco, a renewable energy specialist, NASCAR's $15 million dollar solar farm...
March 27, 2012
Looking for predictable profits in services, the Hess Corporation recently announced the launch of Hess Energy Solutions, which offers long term energy management for commercial...
September 4, 2012
So, are the heated sidewalks a good choice for the snowy Montana town? Check out the solution, provided by Vinith Bejugam of the University of Arkansas.
January 15, 2013
A decade ago the world expected to be at the mercy of a gas cartel run by Russia, Iran, and Qatar. Today, gas discoveries and LNG projects around the world have shifted fates...
June 20, 2013
Can playing an online game actually change the debate on energy? Siemens thinks so. Learn more here and get a peek at the new game.
October 9, 2013
According to recent statistics, the US will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas in 2013.
March 7, 2014
With growth similar to the early days of mobile phones, d.light serves over 40 countries through over 10,000 retail outlets, selling 6 million solar products.
July 9, 2014
The EIA released a report that said new transmission lines in Texas – from the west to the east – has increased time wind farms have able to transmit power.
February 20, 2015
NASA's stunning data visualization video shows how carbon dioxide flows around the world.
July 10, 2015
Oil may be playing nice for now as it calmly toys with $50 a barrel, but airline executives who watched manic prices spike above $100 for several years won't stop looking for a...
July 28, 2010
This video demonstrates the real power of solar energy. Courtesy of Fatsomus
January 5, 2011
Michael Strommen is the Wind Blade Composites Program Leader at 3M and helps spearhead the company's efforts to create coatings and films for green technologies. He attended the...
May 24, 2011
In the continuing series, we bring you more answers to questions about Fukushima and nuclear energy, from AIChE's Nuclear Engineering Division (NED).
August 26, 2011
The Radioactive Orchestra is an online tool that lets you convert decaying radioactive isotopes into musical notes. Watch DJ Axel Boman, helped by Swedish physicists, translate...
January 25, 2012
Huber's research team can take wood, grasses, or any other renewable biomass and create five of the six petrochemicals that serve as the building blocks for the chemical industry...
May 30, 2012
The inefficiencies of previous generation solar cells are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. In collaboration with the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute and Sumitomo...
October 17, 2012
The US’s surge in production of natural gas is by methods that are spreading around the world. As oil begins to be abundant, too, can we have the benefits and still move toward...
March 1, 2013
Poor farmers with erratic income will pay for power as they need it with simple cellphone text messages—no more expensive candles, no more waiting.
July 29, 2013
Kirk Sorensen explains at a TedTalk why he thinks the liquid fuel thorium reactor is safer, cleaner and more efficient than current nuclear power.
December 20, 2013
A San Diego–based startup has just announced an agreement to commercialize its algae crude oil with industry giant Phillips 66.
April 29, 2014
Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don't need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at...
August 25, 2014
One voice in the debate advocates a software solution, with predictive computer models tracking production and demand and then intelligently routing power where it’s needed.
April 3, 2015
Career Catalyst Humanitarian Chemical Engineering A broader view of ethics and professional responsibility considers the engineer’s impact on humanity. Read this article now...
March 3, 2010
Discovery-News.com: Discovery's Tracy Staedter and Matt Danzico visit University of Massachusetts Amherst to learn how biomass gas be transformed into green gasoline. For more...
October 11, 2010
Bill Gates shares some interesting thoughts on energy at Ted Talks. This from TEDtalksDirector : At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future,...
March 16, 2011
Current research on the use of new structures in zinc oxide nano-wires to enhance PV cell efficiency is being performed at Georgia Tech University, and some preliminary results...
July 12, 2011
Just discovered: an alloy that converts heat directly into electricity, and which might have a wide-ranging impact on generating eco-friendly electricity from waste heat. "This...
October 28, 2011
In the Cecil Award Lecture, sponsored by the Environmental Division, Mikkel Vandebergh and Anita Luong presented on policy topics they had researched this summer as participants...
March 12, 2012
Located in the hot, dry Spanish countryside near the village of Fuentes de Andalucia,Torresol Energy's Gemasolar commercial-scale concentrated solar power plant (CSP) achieved a...
July 31, 2012
Researchers at Stanford and Pennsylvania State have devised a way of using microbes to produce carbon-neutral methane from renewable electricity. Using these microbes, called...
December 21, 2012
Under a blazing sun in Mexico's central mountain range, locally made, dish-shaped, solar panels suck up the area's intense light and beam 2000° heat into local kitchens.
May 21, 2013
For thin-film mega-company First Solar, the two-year crisis caused by the solar module supply glut may be almost over. The largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United...
September 13, 2013
Solar Sister gives poor African women a “business in a bag,“ a kit that includes inventory, training and marketing to sell solar technology to other villagers.