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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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Wind Energy Dukes It Out With Fossil Fuels

February 20, 2013
2012 turned out to be a year when old assumptions about wind energy began to shift as the planet’s installed wind capacity jumped from 238 GWs to about 282 GWs. Read about the big...

On Site: North American Student Energy Summit

August 13, 2014
Erin Alderink of the University of Michigan reports on her experience at the North American Student Energy Summit (NASES), as part of her internship in the Washington Internships...

Challenges of the Water-Energy Nexus

March 19, 2015
Next Wednesday (March 25), AIChE, in conjunction with the International Society for Water Solutions and the Center for Energy Initiatives , will present a webinar on the water-...

Siemens Buys UK Tidal Energy Pioneer

March 1, 2012
Although tidal energy is a micro-niche market over-shadowed by wind and solar, global giant Siemens has recently upped its stake from 45 to 90 percent in tidal energy pioneer,...

Caustic Vapors Ruined Biggest US Refinery

July 5, 2012
Disaster began as a slow, small and unnoticed chemical spill – maybe even less than a barrel – until it destroyed the newest and largest oil refinery expansion in the US. How did...

10 Trends & Updates in Biofuel

August 3, 2011
If you're having trouble keeping up with the fast-paced changes in biofuels, the following ten blurbs and links should provide a useful snapshot of biofuel trends. Read on for...

Is the Shape of the Solar Future about to Change?

January 29, 2013
The gale-force storm of internet Hype is starting to clog bandwidh so badly that LOLCats addicts are starting to complain. V3Solar , a Southern California startup, says that it...

Nuclear Fusion Project Resumes

September 15, 2011
Joint European Torus reactor and its new lining. CLICK TO ENLARGE. The Joint European Torus (JET) reactor, the world's largest fusion experiment, is again active. Previously on...

Shipping Industry Turns to Wind Power

February 3, 2012
Along with advances in materials science – providing the world's strongest rope – and new kinds of wind-propulsion technology (kites), we may be about to see a second golden age...

Is Safe, Clean Fracking Possible?

June 5, 2012
The good news is that, yes, fracking can be made safe and clean, according to a new analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA). But the down side is that it probably will...

Flow Battery Makers Battle over New Electrolyte

September 9, 2014
One flow battery manufacturer tossed its iron-chromium battery chemistry to switch to much-more-expensive vanadium. Despite vanadium's cost, the company has created a better-...

Battery Storage Takes On Gas Peaker Plants

April 16, 2015
Replacing peaker plants has been one of the holy grails of battery storage since AES Energy Storage put its first small 1MW and 2MW projects on the grid to perform frequency...

High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage into Gas

August 14, 2012
As America's dump-truck-accessible landfill spaces fill to the brim with garbage, the nation's $12.5 billion trash hauling king turned to a 52-year-old chemical engineer with a...

Saudis Want to Export Solar Power to Europe

December 31, 2012
Why does overcast and cloudy Germany dominate European solar while sun-drenched Saudi Arabia lets this unlimited resource simply fall unused to the ground, squandered?

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.

10 Front-runners in Water-Related Research

January 4, 2011
Is turning waste and inefficiency into profit and opportunity too much to wish for? Not if you're one of finalists competing for the Imagine H2O Prize. The competition will award...

A New Chemical Boom and Bust Cycle?

May 21, 2012
Smart bet, or risky move? Low natural gas prices have been good for Dow Chemical, but some analysts wonder if the boom will lead to an eventual sales bust.

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.

Nuclear Renaissance at Long Last? Not So Fast…

March 5, 2012
11 months after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, two new US reactors got the green light from governing body NRC. This is wonderful news for the nuclear industry, but...

Mosaic Lets Small Investors Fund Solar Projects

April 17, 2013
While new solar technology and installations often shows great promise, it's commonly financing that determines true success. Learn more about innovative crowd-sourced solar...
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