Fossil Fuels

Microbial Conversion of Methane to Electricity

May 22, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have engineered a strain of bacteria that is the key to converting methane to electricity. The researchers' goal was to eliminate the need to transport...

From the Nanometer Scale to the Oilfield

Archived Webinar
Feb 4, 2015
This talk focuses on recent studies that are designed to better understand the nanometer length scale association mechanisms of asphaltenes and how these studies can be related to a macroscopic perspective. For example, asphaltenes are a class of polydisperse molecules that are believed associate...

Dynamic Emulsion Characterization

Archived Webinar
Jan 21, 2015
This presentation illustrates several analytical tools that are being used to characterize dynamic emulsion behavior with application to flow assurance. Results will be presented for interfacial tensiometry, acoustic spectroscopy, inflow microscopy, and diffusional NMR techniques. Insight from this...

CCUS Pathways to Synergistic Fossil and Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Archived Webinar
Oct 15, 2014
This presentation focuses on practical and reliable solutions to climate change issues associated with power plants and how such solutions can enable far more effective use of both renewable and fossil fuels in a much more environmentally benign fashion. The mounting concerns over global warming...

Mid-Scale LNG Processes

Archived Webinar
Oct 16, 2013
This Webinar presents the need for natural gas liquefaction (LNG), the LNG value chain, and compares several technologies such as the PRICO® single mixed refrigerant process.

Atmospheric Impacts of Expanded Natural Gas Use

Archived Webinar
Aug 21, 2013
This presentation focuses on air quality impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing. Data and modeling on emissions and impacts of photochemically active air pollutants, toxic air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions are described.

Marcellus Shale Gas Wastewater Reuse and Recycle

Archived Webinar
Oct 3, 2012
This webinar provides background on how water is used for drilling and hydraulic fracturing and includes a review of hydraulic fracturing fluid composition and flowback and produced water quantity and composition.

Impact of Shale Gas Development on NGL Supplies and Petrochemical Feedstocks

Archived Webinar
Feb 2, 2012
Development of shale gas and oil resources in the United States has resulted in significant byproduct production of natural gas liquids, which has reversed the declining trend in US NGL production experienced at the turn of the century. A wide gap in natural gas and oil prices has supported the...

Fracking: The Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale

Archived Webinar
Nov 15, 2011
Led by experts from academia, government and industry, this interactive Web Forum presents an overview of the history, the current state of development and a look into the future of natural gas shale and its extraction, along with implications of the environmental and water impacts.

Natural Gas Future

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
Natural gas, at prices significantly below BTU parity with oil for a long time to come, will certainly play a pivotal role in world energy supply and will move towards becoming the premier fuel of the world economy. A significant feature of future gas prices is that they are likely to be technology...

Achieving "Superior Energy Performance"

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
This Webinar, sponsored by South Texas Section of the AIChE, Texas Industries of the Future and AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives, was presented at the 15th Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum. It presents what the Texas plants learned about implementing an energy management system and...

Industrial Energy Management in the 21st Century

Archived Webinar
Mar 23, 2011
In this webinar the major approaches are classified into three categories: optimization of current equipment and operations, implementation of economic investments, and sustainment activities.

Challenges for Global Energy

Archived Webinar
Apr 21, 2009
This presentation describes and evaluates the technical, political, and economic challenges involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies. It discusses what it would take, on a global scale, to transition to wind, solar thermal, solar electric, biomass, hydroelectric and...

Changes in the Energy Market and Their Impact on the Chemical Industry

Archived Webinar
Apr 14, 2009
Unprecedented volatility in the price of feedstocks and concerns over global warming have spurred the search for economically viable and environmentally sound alternatives. How are these forces impacting the chemical industry? How will scientists and chemical engineers solve the world's problems in...

Catalyzing Commercialization: DNA Sequencing: A New Diagnostic Tool for the Oil Industry

Catalyzing Commercialization
The U.S. oil industry is trying to do more with less, as operators seek to maximize reservoir production during a period of low oil prices. Producers are looking for cost-effective technology advances that can give them a competitive advantage to maintain profitability. One such technology may come from an unlikely source: the Human Genome Project.

Renewables Help South Africa Save Its Grid

October 6, 2015
Starting with almost zero renewable energy in 2010, South Africa has now built out more than 1,000 megawatts of solar and 800 of wind power. This was made possible by opening up...

Shell's Prelude FLNG Completes Major Construction

January 22, 2016
Shell has sent out a video update as its revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project winds up major construction in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in South Korea...

The Saudi Oil Glut's Winners and Losers

March 18, 2016
Speaking to a packed auditorium during CERAWeek in Houston, Texas, Saudi Arabia's oil minister laid out the oil crash's cruel math for industry CEOs: first of all, the great oil...

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...

Frackers in Permian Basin Upset Saudi Dominance

August 11, 2016
Once formidable, OPEC is taking a beating from US shale drillers two years after Saudi Arabia flooded the world with cheap crude trying to knock the upstarts out of the oil...

Budget-Cutting Pain Hits Oil Services

July 29, 2015
July 30, 2014 was just another budget-busting day to cash-strapped oil importers like Jordan and India as they bought oil on the global market. But in hindshight, it was the last...

The Global Coal Death-Spiral Picks Up Speed

March 30, 2016
Last year the world began to decisively shift away from using coal to produce electricity. This reached a symbolic climax last week when Scotland shut down its last coal-fired...

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...

Shell Buys BG Group for $70 Billion

April 14, 2015
As global energy needs have soared, liquefied natural gas has become a global commodity as it's transported around the world on ships from remote locations to energy-hungry...

Advances in Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Analytics

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

Monetizing US Natural Gas

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Over the last several years Bechtel has experienced a dramatic increase in project opportunities that will convert low-cost, abundant North American...

The Past, Present and Future of LNG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
In one decade, the gas prospects in North America have gone from dire to exceptional. In 2004, we were scrambling to build import capacity for gas as...

Composite Fuels Production for Combustion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
ABSTRACT Goal of the Project The primary goal of the project is the creation of composite fuels for combustion processes containing biomass, coal,...

QRA Method for Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Filling Stations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Summary This paper describes a method to calculate risks generated by liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations for road trucks. An increasing...

Hydrogen Generation From Residuum

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Refineries in the U.S. are processing increasingly heavy sour crudes that contain metals, sulfur, and high molecular weight aromatic hydrocarbons...

World Scale Boil-off Gas Reliquefaction

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Boil-off gas reliquefaction has become an industry standard for many LNG carriers, which no longer use gas as fuel for steam boilers, but tap others...

Condensate Stabilization: How to Get the Most for Your Money

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Condensate stabilization is one of the common process units in the gas processing world. The principle considerations affecting the performance of...

Constructability Issues for FLNG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Constructability issues shall be reviewed and incorporated in the Project Development Plan and Design of the FLNG. This paper addresses important...

LNG FSRU and FPSO Pump Considerations for Ship Motion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
LNG marine pumps installed in FSRU and FPSO applications are exposed to three degrees of ship movement as a result of wave motion. There is concern...

Removal of Heavy Hydrocarbons from Lean Natural Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Removal of heavy hydrocarbons, such as C 6 + from natural gas is essential prior to cryogenic liquefaction in order to prevent freeze-out of these...


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