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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

Fuel Performance Parameters for Marine Engines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
The regulations for sulfur reduction in marine fuels are impacting the whole spectrum beginning from the production of the fuel in the refineries to...

Design Feature of Large Full Containment LNG Storage Tank

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
A number of notable features are addressed that may be encountered in designing a large aboveground full containment LNG storage tank. The size and...

Energy and Resource Efficiency Plenary

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 8:00pm
Amory Lovins leads a discussion of the 10xE concepts for reducing energy use by a factor of 10. Following is the announcement of the award recipients...

Timeline of Sabine Pass LNG Terminal

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 8:00pm
This paper describes on a month by month basis the timeline of milestones accomplished in Conceptual design, Front End Engineering Design (FEED) both...

Overcoming Logistical Challenges with Collaborative Technologies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 8:00pm
All refiners—and manufacturers in general—face daunting logistical challenges including supply chain, changing product specifications, carbon...

Improved Energy Efficiency in CDUs Through Fouling Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 8:00pm
Crude oil distillation accounts for a large fraction of the energy used in oil refining. Crude oil contains a variety of substances which tend to...

Mercury Control with Regenerative Activated Coke Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 8:00pm
Many issues face coal fired utilities with respect to environmental demands, some based on regulations and others based on local pressures. These...

Growth Kinetic Study of Chlorella Vulgaris

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 7:00pm
Algae are simple autotrophic organisms that produce complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules such as carbon dioxide using energy...

Battery Design for Large Lithium and Zinc Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 7:00pm
A battery design is being evaluated which is particularly useful for larger battery applications such as in PHEV and electrical grid applications...

Designing Sustainable Options for Bioenergy Crops

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2009 - 7:00pm
Currently, the complexity and scale dependency of land-use decisions and their impacts are not understood, defined, or described with adequate...

Advanced Biofuels - The Path Forward

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00pm
Oil prices go up and they come down and our ability to forecast them with any real confidence has not been particularly good. A year ago when oil...

Biomass Thermal Conversion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:00am
Papers are on topics related sustatinable supply of a wide variety of biomass feedstocks to meet the needs of evolving liquid fuel demand (...

LNG Safety - I

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:30am
This session presents advancements in LNG safety in LNG baseload and receiving terminals, LNG ships and other related areas. Please Note : LNG Safety...

LNG Regasification

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 10:00am
This session presents papers on the advances in LNG receiving terminals and regasfication facilities in vaporiztion technology etc. Please Note : LNG...

Nuclear Process Chemistry Tutorial - Session 1

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 4:00am
Part I of a two day tutorial on nuclear process chemistry is presented in four instruction sessions and two review/problem sessions. Purpose of the...

Challenges for Global Energy

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2009
This presentation describes and evaluates the technical, political, and economic challenges involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy...

A Century of Separations: CO2 Recovery: Myth and Legend

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Carbon dioxide recovery will be the major challenge for the separations community for the foreseeable future. Various separations technologies are...

History of the Development of LNG Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 9:30am
LNG started with the peak-shaving LNG plants in the USA. This is followed by the international interest of transporting LNG across the ocean for...

A Century of Petrochemical Advances

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 8:30am
This session will focus on advances in the petrochemical industry, past, present, and future. The beginnings of the petrochemical industry date back...

Navigating Oil Price Volatility

January
2016
Business
David Burns, Jason McLinn, Mark Porter
After several years of stability, oil prices plummeted to record lows in mid-2014. This, along with increased natural gas production in North America, has radically changed the basic economics of the chemical industry.

Technical Entity Trends: Reducing GHGs through CCUS

February
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
With a goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C above preindustrial levels, representatives from 195 countries met in Paris last year for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The participants negotiated the Paris...

Technical Entity Trends: Welcome to the TENT

January
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander, Derrick Wu
Welcome to Technical Entity Trends (TENT), a new monthly CEP column written by the staff of AIChE’s Technical Entities (TEs). The TEs are communities of chemical engineers and other professionals that address some of society’s grand challenges:...

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

November, 2013
Green Chemistry and Engineering presents the green approach as an essential tool for tacking problems in chemistry. This text covers introductory concepts in general, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry as well as biochemistry.

Energy Research: Following the Money

July
2010
Special Section
Bond Calloway
Surveys of the energy-related papers presented at AIChE’s annual meetings shed light on the funding pathways for energy research by chemical engineers.

Bringing a Star to Earth

April
2009
Special Section
Jan Berry, Bond Calloway
An international R&D effort to build a fusion reactor and demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power is underway.

Easy Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

December
2012
Alan P. Rossiter, Veerasamy Venkatesan
Managing the energy consumption of a process does not need to be complicated. This article presents some examples of less-complicated strategies.

Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid (Full 26-Page Supplement)

August
2014
Special Section
Bond Calloway, Donald Chmielewski, Xiaoming Feng, Girish Ghatikar, Iiro Harjunkoski, David M. Heitzer, Sila Kiliccote, Nathan Mancha, Mary Ann Piette, Ernst Scholtz
Smart Grid: The Basics - What? Why? Who? How?; You Are Not Alone; Implementing Automated Demand Response; Industry Meets the Smart Grid

SBE Special Section: Lignocellulosic Biofuels - Full 32-Page Supplement

March
2015
SBE Special Section
Tristan R. Brown, Robert Brown, Sergio C. Capareda, Bruce E. Dale, David Edwards, Vonnie Estes, Cesar Granda, Mark Holtzapple, Sagar Lonkar, Darlene Schuster, Charles Wyman
SBE Update; The Need for Biofuels; Producing Biofuels via the Thermochemical Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Sugar Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Carboxylate Platform; Scaling Up Bioenergy Technologies; Commercial-Scale Production of Lignocellulosic Biofuels

Improve Energy Efficiency via Heat Integration

December
2010
Heat Transfer
Alan P. Rossiter
Process heat integration using pinch analysis is a respected tool for achieving energy efficiency. This article explains what pinch analysis is and how to use it in process design and operation to attain real-world energy efficiency gains.

Special Section: Energy - Shale Gas [Full Supplement]

August
2012
Special Section
Jesse F. Goellner, William Liss, Stephen A. Holditch, P.E., Trevor Smith, Mary Ellen Ternes
The production of natural gas from shale formations is one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. oil and gas industry today.

Nuclear Waste Policy in the United States

July
2010
Special Section
Bond Calloway, Sarah Widder
The current U.S. reactor fleet produces 2,100–2,400 ton/yr of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). After 50-plus years of nuclear power generation, 64,000 tons of SNF has accumulated in temporary storage at the reactor sites. How did we get where we are, and...

Working with Tight Oil

April
2015
Back To Basics
Timothy Olsen
Crude oil derived from shale plays is less expensive and more readily available than traditional crudes, but it poses unique challenges to refiners.

Special Section: Energy (Full 32-Page Supplement)

October
2013
Special Section
Michelle Bryner, Gerry M. Clarke, Andrew N. Jansen, Avani Patel, Robert Spotnitz
Lithium-Ion Batteries: The Basics; Raw Material Considerations; Component Materials; Endless Uses

Succeed at Process Integration

January
2004
Career Catalyst
Alan P. Rossiter
In the application of pinch analysis for energy efficiency improvement and process optimization, technical excellence is necessary and human interactions are important for project success.
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