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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

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...

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...

Nuclear Power in the U.S. - What do you think?

April 14, 2010
Image by Curtis Gregory Perry via Flickr For the first time in 30 years, the federal government of the United States is prepared to finance the construction of two new nuclear...

Scottish Surge in Wave-Energy Innovations

December 1, 2011
In Europe offshore wind is the great blustery hope among the political class, with new projects announced weekly. But lately, scientists have begun to pay attention to ocean waves...

Team Boosts Microbial Diesel Fuel Production

March 30, 2012
Jay Keasling and researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a new technique that boosts microbial production of renewable biodiesel fuel as much as...

Electricity and the Environment

July 11, 2014
Fossil fuels will continue to play an important part in electricity generation, and this opens the doors for many opportunities for young chemical engineers.

New Lithium Battery Poised to Change Grid Storage

February 24, 2015
A stealth, 10-year-old startup has emerged as a serious rival to Tesla in the race to achieve grid battery manufacturing by spending $1 billion to turn an old North Carolina...

Bio-Energy Boom Creating ChE Jobs in New Mexico

January 30, 2012
Located in the heart of the revitalized oil-rich Permian Basin , just five miles from west Texas, dusty and dry Hobbs, New Mexico, has always been considered the "Oil Capitol of...

UCLA's New DIY Micro-Supercapacitor

March 8, 2013
UCLA professor Richard Kaner and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student, have just fabricated a micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitor, using a simple DVD burner.

Navy Converts Seawater into Fuel

April 30, 2014
Researchers have proven that it’s possible to power engines with a cheap and abundant seawater. To prove their point, they flew a model airplane using the new technology.

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...

The Sustainability Discipline

March 10, 2010
For a chemical engineer, I spend a lot of time with architects. I enjoy acquainting myself with people from different backgrounds who can provide a refreshing look to my own...

Converting Landfills into Energy Profitably

August 7, 2012
When you're the biggest trash hauler in the US, the world's growing stash of trash is your oyster. And Waste Management Inc, which rakes in $12.3 billion every year carting...

Jeff Surma Wants to Electrify Municipal Waste

February 18, 2013
Jeff Surma, a chemical engineer by training and now something of an energy visionary, has not only proven that InEnTec, his small startup, can profitably vaporize garbage by...

Texas Breaks Oil Production Records

April 17, 2014
Texas oil producers pumped 2.8 million barrels a day in January, the 28th month since August 2011 that the state’s oil output has increased by more than 25%.

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...

Turbine-free Wind Power [Video]

October 10, 2011
Mechanical engineering Francis C. Moon has proposed a new solution for wind energy that eliminates the need for turbines. Moon, who is Cornell University's Joseph D. Ford...

Houston's SURGE Energy Accelerator Wants You!

December 11, 2012
Open to companies from all over the world, Surge is the only accelerator in the U.S. focused completely on energy software. It's now accepting applications for its second spring...

BP Puts Growing Wind Energy Division Up For Sale

April 10, 2013
BP has decided it's a good time to get out of the wind business, unloading 16 wind farms in nine states with a total capacity of about 2,600 megawatts. Short-sighted, or good...

Radical Wind Turbine Design Coming to California

August 27, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown has an ambitious plan to bring 20,000 megawatts of renewable power to his state, including 12,000 megawatts of distributed generation, and he wants...
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