(137a) The Future of Fuels and Alternative Feedstocks - Recognizing Hype vs. Practical Limitations
AIChE Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting Plenary - Chemical Science Innovation: Future of the US Chemical Enterprise II (co-sponsored by the Council for Chemical Research)
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 3:15pm to 3:40pm
The world now agrees that the ideal future requires 100% sustainable sources of energy and product feedstocks in adequate amounts to support a high standard of living for all.
Which new pathways and technologies will emerge to transform our situation? This question is addressed from the perspective of the chemical industry, which was built on oil, natural gas, and coal. These have served as the major raw material feedstocks and energy sources for driving reactions and separations. The industry is now shaping its transformation to sustainable energy and is developing new materials and solutions for energy supply and conversion.
Here we consider the mass and energy balances, capital investment and resource requirements of several key alternative energy and feedstock technologies. These considerations determine where we can expect realistic progress toward sustainable chemistry in both the short and long term, and where we should place our investments.