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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

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.

2019 Carbon Management Technology Conference

July 15-18, 2019
The 2019 Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC 2019) will focus on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies that provide options for lowering greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining fuel diversity for sustainable growth. Submit an Abstract

12th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium

June 2-6, 2019
The 12th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium will take place 2-6 June 2019 in exciting San Antonio, TX. Symposium Flyer Become a Sponsor Plenary Speakers for NGCS12 have been announced. Learn More The triennial Natural Gas Conversion Symposium has been bringing together the world's leaders in natural...

Moving to Mars

November 5, 2018

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.

Win the Race to an Energy-Efficient Future

November
2018
Special Section
Elizabeth Pavone
Shopping for an appliance, for instance, a microwave, is a familiar task. How you shop for that microwave, however, is distinctly different in 2018 than it was in, say, 1998. In 1998, you would have visited your local appliance retailer and purchased the model that fit your needs and budget. Perhaps you would have visited a few other locations to compare prices and features. In 2018, your first stop is probably your internet browser, where you toggle between practically innumerable tabs in your pursuit of the best deal. Why pay more for the same thing? You want the lowest possible price, using the least effort, to get the best microwave. Your goal is efficiency — doing more with less. The same is true of an industrial process.

November 2018 CEP Preview

This issue, essentials of job hazard analysis, a special section on energy-efficient manufacturing, including a 10-step process for energy analysis, and much more.

A Ten-Step Process for Energy Analysis

November
2018
Special Section
Michael L. Stowe, P.E.
Understand the energy used to transform raw material into finished product to enhance energy efficiency.

CEP: News Update

October
2018
News Update
Researchers Make First Electrical Contact with Molecules In the beginning, there were room-sized computers. Over the course of mere decades, they shrank down to bulky desktops and suitcase-sized laptops. Pagers turned into chunky mobile phones by...

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.

Essentials of Steam Turbine Design and Analysis

August
2018
Back To Basics
Jimmy D. Kumana
Effective design, analysis, and integration of steam turbines can help optimize steam supply reliability and overall energy efficiency across your plant.
Roadmapping provides a structured and focused method to carve out a space within the broad topic of water processing where chemical and bio-related engineers can play a role.

A Water Roadmap for Chemical Engineers

July 30, 2018

Water is one of the most important resources in the chemical process industries (CPI), presenting both opportunities as well as compliance obligations.

Upgrading Natural Gas Technology

July 23, 2018

Condensing natural gas into a liquid, nonflammable form through natural gas upgrading is key to expanding natural gas production.

Technical Entity Trends: Upgrading Natural Gas Technology

July
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Keith Joseph
Natural gas fuels more than 30% of U.S. electricity generation, making it the largest source of energy in the country. The U.S. is also the largest producer of natural gas in the world. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that between the 1960s and 2000s, U.S. natural gas production remained relatively constant at about 20±2 trillion cubic feet per year (Tcf/yr) — an amount equivalent to the needs of 20 million households for 15 years. From the mid-2000s to 2017, natural gas production rose by approximately 43%.

Consider a Career in Biotech

June 26, 2018

Looking for a promising career direction? Biotech is a vast and diverse field and has growing opportunities.

Smart Equipment Integration for Improved Process Yield

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
A process design is presented where integration of key equipment within a hydrogen production unit produces increased process benefit. A utility...

Project Changes in Gas Monetization: Pitfalls or Success

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Looking at potential Gas Monetization projects can be a daunting task. What can make them more daunting is the prospect of changes in the development...

The Day a Three Mile Island Event Did Not Happen

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
In 1986, while I was a new engineer at a nuclear power plant, the plant experienced a total loss of feedwater event when multiple systems and...

Adsorbents for Trace Sulfur Removal for Gas Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
Honeywell UOP provides a full range of solutions for natural gas conditioning including the use of adsorbents for trace contaminant removal. Trace...

CEP: News Update

April
2018
News Update
Researchers Create Nanocarbons from Food Waste New rubber composites can be generated from an unusual source: food waste. Portable Test Helps Farmers Find Soil Pathogens Before It’s Too Late A new system for testing the DNA in soil lets farmers find...

Books: April 2018

April
2018
Books
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth Michio Kaku, Doubleday, New York, NY, $29.95, 368 pages, Feb. 2018, ISBN: 978-0-385-54276-0 Moving human civilization beyond Earth’s bounds is...

AIChE & Saudi Local Section Sign Agreement at CEO Forum

March 29, 2018

AIChE and the AIChE Saudi Arabia Local Section (SAS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and partner on common goals that strengthen chemical engineering knowledge and support societal needs in the Middle East.

Better Plants Overview

Archived Webinar
Mar 21, 2018
Improving energy efficiency is critical to your plant’s profitability and sustainability. Take this webinar to find out how the DOE can help. In 60 minutes. Robert Lung shares his many years of...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Next-Generation Photovoltaics for Economic, Clean Energy

March
2018
Catalyzing Commercialization
Energy sustainability represents one of the grand challenges facing modern society, and thin-film solar photovoltaics provide one of the best opportunities for rapidly expanding renewable energy use. Photovoltaics (PV) using the thin-film semi­conductor cadmium telluride (CdTe) have been commercialized at the gigawatts (GW)-per-year scale, with 17.5 GWs installed globally.

Expo Preview: 2018 Offshore Technology Conference

March
2018
New Products
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is an annual event where energy professionals meet to advance their scientific and technical knowledge related to offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental...

CEP: News Update

February
2018
News Update
AIChE’s Initial Placement Survey: The Class of 2017 A new batch of chemical engineers entered the workforce in early summer last year. AIChE conducted its Initial Placement Survey in July 2017 to learn where those graduates were heading. Annual...

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...

Technical Entity Trends: Innovate for a Better Future

January
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander, Hailey Murphy, Amro Tambal, Derrick Wu
Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” AIChE’s Technical Entities, which cover a wide variety of topics that include food, energy, water, sustainability, and biological engineering, are at the...
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