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February 14, 2013
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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...
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...
October 7, 2013
In the most ambitious plan in the US to power vehicles with landfill gas, Clean Energy Fuels has started selling methane fuel at filling stations in California.
March 6, 2014
In 2011, the IEA predicted what it called “the golden age of gas,” with gas production rising 50%. Late last year, the IEA updated that prediction.
July 8, 2014
Zinc-air cells from Eos Energy Storage lower costs to the point where the batteries are competitive with gas-fired power for specialized grid services.
February 3, 2015
Who knew off-grid cell phones and solar panels had such perfect synergy? By successfully yoking them together, India might finally bring electricity to over 400 million people...
July 7, 2015
Fulcrum Bioenergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant is due to start construction on the outskirts of Reno — in the same industrial park as Tesla’s Giga-factory. Once it's finally finished,...
July 9, 2010
Reactor vessel in Ringhals nuclear power plant In March 1979, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers published a policy statement in Chemical Engineering Progress supporting...
January 5, 2011
Researchers have engineered a strain of yeast that can be used to produce ethanol far more efficiently than previously possible. The new yeast's potential lies in its ability to...
May 20, 2011
In the continuing series, we bring you more answers to your questions about Fukushima and nuclear energy, from AIChE's Nuclear Engineering Division (NED).
August 26, 2011
Japan has been scrambling to replace a huge daily shortfall of 400 million kWh this summer because of the shutdown of all but 15 of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors. Immediately after...
January 9, 2012
Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami, TEPCO's improvised response was confused and plagued by human error, including the disastrous assumption that an emergency cooling...
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...
October 16, 2012
GlassPoint, a small startup, makes steam for enhanced oil recovery more cheaply by using the sun, particularly in overseas markets with higher gas prices.
February 25, 2013
Stiesdal, who has 85 patents to his name, has changed Siemens Wind Energy from a regional turbine builder into a global powerhouse, with research and manufacturing centers in...
July 26, 2013
This NASA video celebrates big data, and how its scientists have improved how space agency satellites collect and analyze fluorescence from Earth's flora.
December 16, 2013
An experimental 2,000 kw floating wind turbine and connected substation now send wind power to the grid, signaling a breakthrough for Japan and its energy crisis.
April 28, 2014
As competing groups pressure the Obama administration about selling US natural gas overseas, the DOE recently authorized exports from a proposed Oregon terminal.
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.
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 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...