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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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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...

New Prize Competitions Announced

July 30, 2010
In an update to " Prizes...the Future of Innovation? ," new prize competitions have been announced by the X PRIZE Foundation and NASA in which chemical engineers can potentially...

Energy Challenges and Successes

February 8, 2011
Crafting energy policy is a challenging balancing act. Even with the global and grassroots organizations across the globe pushing for cleaner fuels, bio-based fuels, and renewable...

Marcellus Shale Gas Volume in Question

August 31, 2011
The latest debate over Marcellus shale gas isn't about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but over how much gas there is to be removed. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently...

Commercial Milestone: Ethanol from Landfill Waste

August 7, 2013
Biofuel maker INEOS Bio just announced that its $130 million Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida, is producing commercial quantities of transportation fuel from...

Building a Biofuel Game-Changer

December 27, 2013
Dr Sean Simpson, founder of LanzaTech, tells about an entrepreneurial wild ride, from his first idea to his deal to make jet fuel for Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Solar Nanotrees Turn Water into Hydrogen Fuel

March 19, 2012
University of California, San Diego electrical engineers have managed to build a forest of tiny nanowire trees to capture solar energy and then use it for hydrogen fuel generation...

BP Building New Houston Supercomputing Center

December 26, 2012
British Petroleum is spending $100 million to replace its current data center with what it says will be the largest supercomputer for commercial research in the world. The company...

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.

Breakthrough in Organic Fuel-Cell Catalysts

October 9, 2012
One of the current problems with fuel cells is the catalyst that helps convert sources of stored energy such as hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy. Currently made of...

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...
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