This issue, check out a special section on sustainability, including new paths towards sustainability for chemical engineering, significant sustainability policy updates, solar power storage news, and much more.
Energy (Sustainability & Environment)
Check out ways you can do your part to support the planet’s well-being, both today in celebration of Earth Day and throughout the year.
Dr. Shankar is being recognized for his contributions to industry-academia partnership and technical research in direct air capture and carbon utilization pathways to fuels and chemicals.
Join other chemical engineers on Twitter for a live chat about renewable natural gas on September 15 at 1PM EST by following our handle @CheEnected and the hashtag #AIChEchat. Anyone is welcome to join.
Chemical engineers often scale up processes, but there are times when numbering up a process could be more effective and economically beneficial.
Low-cost catalyst is a major breakthrough, opening up possibility of producing fuel for naval ships at scale from seawater.
A new super-white paint formulation can reflect 98% of solar radiation, which helps keep buildings cool and reduces energy consumption and expenses.
Senior research scientist Mai Uibu tells us about her upcoming talk at ACEME 2020 and shares recommendations for visitors to Tallinn, Estonia.
A new and inexpensive catalyst makes it possible to generate hydrogen through water splitting, providing an effective means of storage for renewable energy.
The Center for Hydrogen Safety will provide safety reviews for Gangwon Technopark's forward-thinking hydrogen fueling stations and production facilities.
Meet this physicist and mathematician turned chemical engineer, and learn what drove him to pursue chemical engineering.
Madhu Khanna discusses cellulosic biofuels, their economic and sustainability benefits and tradeoffs, and what's needed to see cellulosic biofuels thrive.
As the hydrogen economy grows, so does the need for technical information and know-how about hydrogen safety. Read more about safety advances.
Fuel cells continue to be a hot topic, and as hydrogen fuel cell technology advances, we are also seeing fuel cell alternatives.
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.
Dow's R&D Director for Industrial Solutions shares a preview of the upcoming 2019 Process Development Symposium, where he will deliver the keynote address.
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.
Sharon Beshouri, President of Shell Global Solutions (U.S.), Inc., has received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award. She set the stage for the conference with her welcome keynote lecture entitled “Embracing Transitions Today: Assuring a Robust Future Tomorrow.”
Chemical industry entrepreneur John Sofranko talks about his background, building a business, and about his company's goals and challenges.
The latest issue showcases the current thinking related to the reduction of carbon emissions, the utilization of CO2 that can ameliorate its presence and provide useful products, and storage options.
As part of our celebration of AIChE's 110th year, Pat McGrath of ARPA-E shares his predictions for chemical engineering's next 25 years.
This series looks at the future of chemical engineering, revisiting past predictions for the profession and pairing them with current predictions for the next 25 years.
Condensing natural gas into a liquid, nonflammable form through natural gas upgrading is key to expanding natural gas production.
Air temperature is no longer a significant factor for electric-car charging, thanks to new battery technology.
AIChE member Wendy Young spoke with us for a few minutes at a recent conference to speak with us about some of the topics on her mind as a chemical engineer.
Wind energy can now be more sustainable than ever, thanks to recyclable resin with low-energy production requirements.
A host of innovations across a wide range of areas show potential for a brighter future. Read more about them here.
A microbe's ability to ingest methane opens the doors for potentially producing various product precursors in an environmentally friendly way.
As efficient as current platinum-based catalysts, the nanostructured composite material sidesteps costly platinum.
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.
One day a simple yoga class or stroll down the street may power wearable electronics, and one research team thinks it has created the ideal power source.
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.
A newly developed solar cell prototype is capable of capturing nearly all energy from the solar spectrum and could potentially be the world’s most solar cell, operating at 44.5% efficiency.
Until now, biodiesel could not be used undiluted in a conventional diesel engine since its boiling point is higher than that of petroleum diesel.
Researchers at Penn State have engineered a strain of bacteria that is the key to converting methane to electricity.
Battery storage is starting to replace traditional gas peaker plants by replacing diesel powered generation on small islands.
Imagine a technology that could capture atmospheric carbon dioxide, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, reduce the alkalinity of industrial waste, and generate useful materials — all in one proc
Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S.
The EU is reducing carbon production, thanks to hydrogen-fueled rail technology and new steelmaking technology.
A discovery that improves on a commonly used catalytic reaction used to break down methane could lead to significant energy savings and pollution reduction.
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
Two weeks ago, Dr. Art Rosenfeld, the embodiment of energy efficiency, died in his home at the age of 90, not far from the Berkeley lab where he worked for over forty years.
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'
The Paris climate agreement is the world’s best effort yet to ward off the existential threat of climate change.
A new electric bus has clocked 600 miles on one charge in track testing, and its makers are ready to rid the country of diesel buses.
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.
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
It's all hands on deck for the monumental task of decarbonizing the world energy system, and some speculate that may take a decade shy of the next century before it's complete, if ever.
Every tailgating long-distance trucker knows that slip-streaming behind another big rig — a driving skill perfected on NASCAR tracks — can boost the bottom line by saving expensive fuel
Matt Scullin plans to corner a big chunk of the energy market. He's not an oil or gas guy, or a renewables guy.
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.
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.
Low-temperature wasted heat is generally seen as an unusable byproduct of manufacturing and power generation, but researchers at Yale’s Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering ha
A more environmentally friendly recycling method for polyethylene not only eliminates waste but also provides liquid fuel.
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
Rail storage shows major advantages for the future of California's grid storage, potentially leaving storage batteries in the dust.
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.
When it opened in October 2014, SaskPower’s $1.5 billion Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant was the world's flagship demonstration on the frontier of clean-tech innovatio
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.
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