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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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DOE Approves New York City's Tidal Energy Project

February 10, 2012
After a successful five-year test trial, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just issued a commercial license for Verdant Power's Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE)...

“All of the Above” Energy Sustainability

November 13, 2012
Not only can new developments in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) make fossil energy more sustainable and environmentally friendly, they also have the potential to...

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...

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...

Los Angeles' Low Cost Water-Saving Technology

August 19, 2015
For months Los Angeles has been putting millions of floating, black plastic balls into one of its largest reservoirs to block sunlight from triggering a hazardous chemical...

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.

Massive Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Cautionary Tale

February 12, 2016
Months of chaos, fear, and the smell of rotten eggs came to an end at Porter Ranch in Los Angeles on Thursday, once crews digging a relief well finally pierced the deep,...

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...

How Desalination Created Modern Qatar

December 16, 2015
Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and...

Engineer Making Waste Heat a Major Power Source

July 29, 2016
Matt Scullin plans to corner a big chunk of the energy market. He's not an oil or gas guy, or a renewables guy. Instead, he's found a huge, untapped resource — an inexhaustible...

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...

Renewables Help South Africa Save Its Grid

October 6, 2015
Starting with almost zero renewable energy in 2010, South Africa has now built out more than 1,000 megawatts of solar and 800 of wind power. This was made possible by opening up...

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.

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...
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