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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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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...

World's Largest Wind Farm Begins Operation

September 27, 2010
Thanet's turbines While Cape Wind , the nation's only planned off-shore wind farm , struggles to start construction, Thanet Wind Farm , located seven miles off the blustery coast...

Advances in Algal Biorefineries II [On Location]

October 19, 2011
Algae and plant oils have shown great promise towards answering the energy density question, but I am reminded of a 3-step business plan that I encountered in school: Step 1 –...

A Novel Forward Osmosis Draw Solution

February 4, 2015
Although significant research efforts regarding new membranes for forward osmosis are underway, less attention has been paid to researching the draw solutions and solutes that...

Wind Energy Conference at Iowa State University

May 14, 2010
Energy Experts and Iowa Governor Chet Culver talk about advances and challenges of alternative energy at the IAWIND conference, which took place at Iowa State University. Video...

Airborne Wind Turbine's Stunning Test Flights

April 24, 2012
A new flying wind turbine by Mankani Power recently stole the show as ARPA-E showed off some of its projects. ARPA-E is the Department of Energy's investment program that invests...

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

From Soda Bottle to Solar Light Bulb

September 23, 2011
Demi (aka Solar Demi), who comes from a very small village in the Philippines, came up with a solution to bring light to his village by turning a soda bottle into a light bulb.

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...

Oregon Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Trouble

April 1, 2013
Since technological and funding hurdles have forced many cellulosic ethanol companies to shut down, ZeaChem's latest news is par-for-the-course as the cellulosic biofuels industry...

But Just What Is Fugacity?

August 19, 2013
Still have nagging questions about fugacity? Put them to rest with this tutorial or one of the many other videos on the subject.

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...

Using Behavioral Science to Lower Energy Bills

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...

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...

The Father of Wind Energy: Meet Henrik Stiesdal

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...
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