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Center for Energy Initiatives (CEI)

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

General Motors' Private War on Coal

December 28, 2015
Several years ago, General Motors made a deal to turn Detroit municipal waste into steam, which helped to power one of its local plants in 2014. But that's just one facet of GM's...

Special Section: Natural Gas - Electric Power

August
2015
Special Section
Jared Ciferno, Richard Dennis, Shailesh Vora
The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Demonstrating CCS Integration

August
2011
Special Section
Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, P.E., P.G.
The largest, fully integrated process for separating CO2 from fluegas and compressing it to a supercritical fluid, transporting the CO2 by pipeline, and injecting the CO2 into a saline reservoir is now underway at the Plant Barry generating station...

Deepwater Wind to Install First US Offshore Wind

July 15, 2016
Developer Deepwater Wind is on the verge of launching the first offshore wind farm in the US. Later this fall, w hen its five turbines finally power up off the coast of Rhode...

Special Section: Energy (Full 25-Page Supplement)

July
2016
Special Section
Tomorrow's Technology is a Reality Today; Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy; Establishing the Fuel Cell Industry; Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Membranes; Fuel Cells for Mobile Applications

Biorefinery Process Economics

October
2005
SBE Special Section
Gregory M. Bohlmann
With oil and natural gas prices surging, bio-based feedstocks are becoming increasingly competitive. This article examines, in depth, the technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery concept.

Special Section: Natural Gas - Chemical Synthesis

August
2015
Special Section
John Marano, James Spivey, Bryan Morreale
Plentiful, low-cost natural gas will invigorate the chemicals industry over the next decade, as producers look to increase the role of natural gas as a feedstock in established processes, as well as develop new processes to convert methane into chemicals currently derived from petroleum.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - An LPG Tragedy

November
2014
Process Safety Beacon
At about 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 19, 1984, there was a major fire and a series of explosions at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage and distribution terminal at San Juan Ixhuatepec, Mexico City, Mexico. There were over 500 fatalities, about 7,000 injuries, 200,000 people were evacuated, and the terminal was destroyed. The blasts were recorded on a seismometer 20 km (12.4 miles) away. Most of the injuries and fatalities were in the surrounding community — people were living as close as 130 m (425 ft) from the terminal. The cause of the accident could not be definitively established because of the destruction of the facilities and absence of witness reports.

New Documentary Shows Renewables at Tipping Point

July 20, 2016
Last January a documentary crew in Abu Dhabi watched the global energy system reach a tipping point and shift decisively toward renewable energy. The producers had been looking...

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Natural Gas Transforms the Chemical Industry

March
2014
Journal Highlight
The recent development of new sources of shale-gas methane and shale-gas condensate will significantly impact fuels and chemical feedstocks in the U.S. and around the world, says Jeffrey Siirola of Purdue Univ. and Carnegie Mellon Univ. in the March AIChE Journal Perspective article, “The Impact of Shale Gas in the Chemical Industry.”

Distillation in Practice

eLearning (online) Course
Learn essential distillation concepts including vapor liquid equilibrium, start-up and troubleshooting, and other best practices with this online...

Promising Carbon Capture in Field Testing

July 31, 2013
Field tests conducted by US DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington aim to return carbon dioxide to the earth by injecting it into underground basalt formations.

Special Section: Natural Gas - Transportation

August
2015
Special Section
Donald Anton, Claudio Corgnale, Bruce Hardy, Martin Sulic, David Tamburello
Development of natural gas as a fuel for light-duty vehicles will require innovative methods of onboard storage. One option under investigation is the use of adsorbents.

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
Process safety management is different in the biodiesel industry. Gain tools, techniques and regulatory guidance tailored to your unique needs.

Managing Water Treatment Risks in Refining

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
Against the backdrop of global water scarcity, the industrial sector is the fastest growing source of water consumption. If current trends persist,...

Steam System Control and Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:00am-9:30am
Control of the overall steam system in a refinery or a large petrochemical plant can be one of the most difficult automation challenges, yet one of...

Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenols and Derivatives to Aromatics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:30pm-3:55pm
Phenols and substituted phenols can be produced from depolymerization of lignin, as we presented before at the AIChE conferences [1-2]. Hydrogenation...

Analysis of Energy Consumption in Industrial Distillation Columns

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:15am-10:45am
Distillation is the commonly applied separation process in the chemical process industry as heat is used as the non-contaminating separating agent...

Save Energy without Investing Capital

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:00am-8:30am
It is hard to get excited about saving energy during periods when energy prices are low, because the return on investment for energy efficiency...

Boiler Emissions Reduction through Humid Combustion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
This presentation will compare conventional emissions abatement techniques with alternative options utilizing direct contact heat exchangers, which...

Advances in Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Analytics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Big data is a hot topic in many commercial and industrial applications, and it also applies to the operation of refineries and petrochemical plants...

Preparing for a Successful Energy Assessment

May
2016
Back To Basics
Thomas R. Theising
If your facility has an upcoming energy assessment, you might be overwhelmed with the list of things you need to do, data you need to organize, and people you need to contact. This article streamlines the planning process and recommends steps you can take to optimize your facility’s energy costs.

May 2016 CEP Preview

May 13, 2016
This month, the CEP cover story takes a look at the advantages of fixed valves, while Back to Basics column gives smart tips for a successful energy assessment.

iPhone-Stalking Elon Musk's Tesla Model 3 Launch

April 6, 2016
Elon Musk's live-stream from the Tesla Design Center in Hawthrone, California, is about to start. The stage is dark, but the noisy acoustics don't lie. As the excitement in the...

Bill Hauhe Discusses the Business Side of LNG

April 12, 2016
Bill Hauhe, retired general manager at Chevron, delivered Tuesday morning's keynote at the 2016 Spring Meeting in Houston. His talk was titled "Commercial Aspects of the LNG Value...

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 28 - November 2, 2018
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

2017 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 29 - November 3, 2017
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

Battery Basics

Archived Webinar
Jan 13, 2016
This session takes a look at the electrochemistry behind batteries to get a sense of where the field is moving. Massive electricity storage would...

Experimental Results of Gasification of Raw Pine

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
Partial oxidation of carbonaceous fuels at high temperatures (gasification) is a process to produce alternative energy. On promising technique to...

Modular Production of Synthetic Petroleum from Shale Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
A current issue related to the production of petroleum from shale formations is the co-production of natural gas. In many cases, this co-produced gas...

Optimizing LNG Production Via Boil Off Gas System Design

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Optimizing LNG Production via Boil Off Gas System Design John Ergina – Technical Professional – Process, KBR Sumit Sharma – Senior Technical...

Production of Synthetic Fuel from Anaerobic Digester Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
The waste generated from feed lots, dairy farms, meat processing, etc can be converted to a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide using anaerobic...
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