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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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10 Front-runners in Water-Related Research

January 4, 2011
Is turning waste and inefficiency into profit and opportunity too much to wish for? Not if you're one of finalists competing for the Imagine H2O Prize. The competition will award...

A New Chemical Boom and Bust Cycle?

May 21, 2012
Smart bet, or risky move? Low natural gas prices have been good for Dow Chemical, but some analysts wonder if the boom will lead to an eventual sales bust.

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.

Nuclear Renaissance at Long Last? Not So Fast…

March 5, 2012
11 months after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, two new US reactors got the green light from governing body NRC. This is wonderful news for the nuclear industry, but...

Mosaic Lets Small Investors Fund Solar Projects

April 17, 2013
While new solar technology and installations often shows great promise, it's commonly financing that determines true success. Learn more about innovative crowd-sourced solar...

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...

U.S. Visit to Danish Wind Farm [Video]

May 6, 2010
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar took the opportunity to visit a Danish off-shore wind farm in December, 2009. Video thanks to Current TV . In a related story, Secretary...

Chemical Companies Lauded for Energy Efficiency

April 19, 2011
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) recently honored 16 of its member companies for implementing energy-efficiency improvements in 2010. Together, these improvements saved 14.8...

Wind Energy without Propellers

August 10, 2011
For all the positives of wind energy, there are certainly drawbacks, including the fact that the commonly used massive propellers require a considerable amount of land and are...

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...

CEP: News Update

July
2015
News Update
Inks from Silk Show Biomedical Promise; Activated Carbon Gets a Designer Label; Graphene Coating Promises to Improve Condenser Efficiency; Solar Materials Self-Assemble for Lengthy Energy Storage; and more.

Nanowire Could Redefine Solar Panel Efficiency

March 28, 2013
Reported this week: researchers in Denmark and Switzerland have built solar cells from individual nanowires. Their work showed that the nanowires were able to absorb considerably...

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.

Electric Buses a Hit in Southern California

May 1, 2015
One South Carolina company is popularizing the battery-powered bus to great success in Southern California, pushing polluting, diesel-fueled buses off the streets.

Termites: Homeowner Scourge or Biofuel Savior?

July 18, 2011
An unwanted house pest and suburban scourge, suddenly the termite has been accidentally and disasterously rehabilitated by science. Hyperbole? Termite control professionals don't...

Small Modular Reactors Closer to Reality

March 22, 2012
The Department of Energy's vision for the future of nuclear energy will probably combine light water fission reactors along with a panoply of small modular reactors (SMRs)...

GE and BP Wind Energy Celebrate Milestones

January 3, 2013
As US wind-energy developers raced to finish projects before the renewable energy tax credit expired on January 1st, GE installed its 20,000th wind turbine. And now a new twist...

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...

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...

Greener Use of Fossil Fuels: Lithium from Coal

March 27, 2015
Geologists from the Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, China have devised a plan to extract the lithium previously discovered in coal deposits in the northern part of the...
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