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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.

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Shell Buys BG Group for $70 Billion

April 14, 2015
As global energy needs have soared, liquefied natural gas has become a global commodity as it's transported around the world on ships from remote locations to energy-hungry...

Is California Next in Line for an Energy Boom?

January 7, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management recently auctioned off oil leases for 18,000 acres of Central California public land containing one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the...

New Battery Is Changing the Grid

June 30, 2014
Axion Power makes a hybrid super-capacitor/battery that replaces the negative electrode with an activated carbon electrode to get super capacitor properties.

GASFRAC Takes the Water out of Fracking

May 29, 2012
GASFRAC's technology uses a propane gel which is pumped into the shale, but unlike water, the gel reverts to vapor along with the natural gas. Could this technique ease some of...

Chinese Hackers Target U.S. Oil and Gas

February 22, 2013
A group of China’s increasingly sophisticated cybersoldiers, known as the “Comment Crew," appear to be trying to penetrate America's critical infrastructure, including systems...

The Small Module Reactor Market Melts Down

April 23, 2014
Danny Roderick, Westinghouse CEO, announced that his firm was calling off R&D for their SMR, which is designed to produce 225 MWe, the new market's high-end.

High-Tech Flywheels Help Bring Stability to Grid

March 20, 2015
Pioneering flywheel developer Beacon Power is becoming one of the success stories of the evolving power grid. Its flywheels help to correct the obvious shortcomings of grid 1.0 by...

Record Energy Storage from New Sol-gel Material

July 31, 2015
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that...

A Glimpse into the Energy Scenario in Bangladesh

January 30, 2014
A chemical engineer's work is never done! ChEnected contributor Fatima Enam looks at her country's energy needs and the enormous need for solutions and highly skilled chemical...

The Tesla Powerwall's Serious Growing Pains

May 12, 2015
Earlier this month Elon Musk created a technology miracle: he made battery storage sexy enough during his product rollout that he had his audience whooping, cheering and clapping...

Alternative Energy [Video]

March 3, 2010
A new wave of technologies is on the verge of producing energy that's clean, renewable, and most importantly, affordable.

A Less Petroleum-Dependent Military

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...

Dow Bets on Low Natural Gas Prices

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...

Single-Step Methane-to-Ethylene Process

October 24, 2013
The next transformation of the ethylene story might be written by a small San Francisco startup that is on the verge of commercializing a new way to turn methane — normally...

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

April 4, 2014
Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The...

New Technique Could Reduce Biofuel Costs by 30%

February 25, 2015
To combat the challenges of breaking down lignocellulosic biomass in biofuel production, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment...

Solar Panel Pyramids

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...

Oregon Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Trouble

April 1, 2013
Since technological and funding hurdles have forced many cellulosic ethanol companies to shut down, ZeaChem's latest news is par-for-the-course as the cellulosic biofuels industry...

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

August 16, 2013
Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.

Hess Is Latest Oil Company to Jettison Refineries

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...

Challenge Question: Specific Heats [Solved]

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.

New Global LNG Projects Picking Up Momentum

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...

Using Behavioral Science to Lower Energy Bills

June 18, 2013
In January, Opower achieved a milestone: achieving two terawatt hours of energy savings — enough to take all the homes in a city the size of Sacramento off the electric grid for a...

Who Popped the LNG Gas Bubble?

July 3, 2014
No doubt about it, there had been signs of an " overbuild ," and the liquefaction market had displayed bubbliciousness, but Vladimir Putin will probably hog all the credit for...
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