While we're behind in our goal to slow climate change, alternative energy is evolving rapidly to help bridge the gap. Read on to learn what’s on the horizon in new energy.
Chemical engineers often scale up processes, but there are times when numbering up a process could be more effective and economically beneficial.
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A new and inexpensive catalyst makes it possible to generate hydrogen through water splitting, providing an effective means of storage for renewable energy.
While it’s often seen as a nuisance, new research finds rust can be used to generate electricity in combination with saltwater, thanks to an electrokinetic phenomenon.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology continues to advance and show great promise. Sunita Satyapal of the US DOE discusses advances with Nick Barilo of AIChE's Center for Hydrogen Safety.
On April 2, AIChE formally unveiled its new Center for Hydrogen Safety with a slate of sessions held at the 2019 AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety in New Orleans, LA.
Headlines boast liquid water, potential for life, and successful unmanned missions, but manned travel to Mars will require an enormous amount of work—and many chemical engineers.
As part of our celebration of AIChE's 110th year, Vicky Lange, a postdoctoral research associate at University College London, shares her predictions for chemical engineering's next 25 years.
During AIChE’s centennial year of 2008, AIChE interviewed Dr. Gani about his vision for the future of chemical engineering.
Air temperature is no longer a significant factor for electric-car charging, thanks to new battery technology.
Wind energy can now be more sustainable than ever, thanks to recyclable resin with low-energy production requirements.
Computer modeling reveals the true potential of open-ocean wind farms, compared to conventional land-based wind farms.
This new method generates hydrogen from methane and electricity, with near-zero energy loss. The discovery is a boon for hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Transparent solar panels that are efficient enough to be practical have been elusive, but no longer.
Inspired by insects’ compound eyes, researchers at Stanford University have developed a new solar cell that could open the doors to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics.
Battery storage is starting to replace traditional gas peaker plants by replacing diesel powered generation on small islands.
The EU is reducing carbon production, thanks to hydrogen-fueled rail technology and new steelmaking technology.
California is the only state in the country coping with too much solar power, and it's a problem that's still getting worse as each new utility-scale solar farm is built
Catching the strong Atlantic winds thirteen miles off the coast of Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind's five 6 MW offshore wind turbines started sending clean power to Block Island'
Tomas Wesley Green from the University of Kansas used his WISE internship in Washington to study how agricultural resources can contribute to the energy supply and bioeconomy. He looked a
Last year a record-breaking 500,000 solar panels were installed every day as renewables edged out coal to become the world’s largest source of installed power capacity.
The Paris climate agreement is the world’s best effort yet to ward off the existential threat of climate change.
London's new mayor Sadiq Khan just put fifty electric buses on the streets to help shrink a toxic cloud blighting one of Europe's most magisterial cities.
Can a balding, late-middle-aged researcher who's hawking a still-uncommercialized technology transform America's aging fleet of aerobic waste treatment plants?
Michael Liebreich, the founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, has tracked surging global renewable energy investments for over a decade.
After Hawaii killed a deal that included a new LNG import facility and its conjoined twin, a natural gas power plant; and a leading Canadian tar sands producer, Suncor Energy, voluntarily decided t
As new electric vehicles (EVs) begin to flood the world's roads and highways, sold by a global who's-who of traditional car makers, it's important to remember that Nissan was the first
Inspired by vitamin B2, researchers at Harvard have discovered a entire new class of high-performing organic molecules that can be used in flow batteries to store electricity from solar and wind power.
Last January a documentary crew in Abu Dhabi watched the global energy system reach a tipping point and shift decisively toward renewable energy.
Developer Deepwater Wind is on the verge of launching the first offshore wind farm in the US. Later this fall, when its five turbines finally power up off the coast of Rhode Island, it wi
Apple and a select group of US companies are starting to sell renewable power to the electricity grid, a domain traditionally controlled by monopoly utilities and third party power plants.
Lately, solar industry records have been falling every week. And American solar panel maker SunPower can take credit for most of the mayhem.
Tidal power developers say 2016 is shaping up to be the new technology's coming-of-age year, with projects in France, Scotland, and Canada successfully ramping up.
If the renewables tsunami starting to slam into the traditional energy business feels like it's growing larger, there's a perfectly logical reason.
Sitting on a scenic bluff overlooking the central California coast, Diablo Canyon, the state’s only remaining nuclear power plant, could close in 2025 after an agreement was br
Seven years ago, when Statoil moored the world's first full-sized floating turbine ten kilometers off the coast of Norway, engineers were looking to see if the new concept could find a pro
In what could be a major turning point in the effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels, researchers at Harvard made the stunning announcement this week that they have perfected artificial photosynt
French oil and gas behemoth Total just bought a battery storage innovator and prepares for a century it sees as dominated by electricity.
When SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith points out the innovation that makes the Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power plant (CSP) so unique, he highlights the 12-hour storage capacity — its kill
Rail storage shows major advantages for the future of California's grid storage, potentially leaving storage batteries in the dust.
As Americans wake up to the horror of Flint, Michigan's water crisis and realize that "modern" cities are saddled with ancient water pipes and creaking power grids, a team led by Ital
There’s enough untapped wind streaming across the vast plains of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming to generate more electricity than a fleet of Hoover Dams.
Last month First Solar announced that it set a new record in its research lab for cadmium-telluride cell efficiency, at 22.1 percent.
As we watch coal get kicked to the curb, particularly in developed countries, the International Energy Agency thinks it's time for a paradigm-check.
Just one week after Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's new Model 3, it's obvious the world liked what it saw.
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.
With 24 airlines, 1,000 flights a week and 7 million passengers a year, Cochin International Airport in India’s Kerala state is the third busiest in India.
Many utilities think that wind and solar PV can only provide a small percentage of power without undermining grid stability.
In Tanzania, like many African countries, the rapid spread of mobile phones has outpaced the slow creep of grid-connected electricity, where 85% of the population still lives off-grid and relies on
A new generation of microgrids is beginning to win funding from investors as a profitable way to bring power to the 620 million Africans who lack access to electricity.
Two weeks ago, when the King of Morocco ceremonially switched on the Noor I concentrated solar plant (CSP), he was hoping to turn his country into a renewable energy powerhouse over the next ten ye
By loading warehouse rooftops with with solar panels and selling electricity back to the grid, Prologis is a global model of profitability and sustainability.
One dream has eluded pollution-conscious governments and price-conscious auto makers: the perfect mass market diesel car.
Neste Oil, a Finnish oil refining and marketing company, officially dropped "oil" from its name, given its major emphasis on biofuels.
The US Navy's biofuel program has just launched a great success with the Great Green Fleet, which is fueled with a drop-in blend of biofuel from beef tallow and petroleum-based fuel.
Anyone worried that the low prices hobbling oil explorers may have clobbered renewables too — especially wind and solar — can relax.
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.
It's always nice when a business gamble turns into a sure thing. That former gamble — SolarCity's massive solar module giga-factory — is taking shape in Buffalo, New York.
Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and in Qat
A breakthrough in the Paris climate talks suddenly seemed possible a year ago, after President Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping — representing the world's biggest polluters — pl
It's amazing how quickly the falling price of solar and wind power has shifted the global energy consensus.
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