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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 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

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 The triennial Natural Gas Conversion Symposium has been bringing together the world's leaders in natural gas conversion since 1987 to share information on the latest...

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%.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

Energy Forecasting: Shale Gas

Archived Webinar
Jul 13, 2017
Is uncertainty about shale gas and future U.S. natural gas production complicating your planning? Hear two analysts give their take. The abundance of shale gas resources has transformed the U.S...

Produced Water Tank Explosion Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Produced Water Tank Explosion Case Study J. Kelly Thomas, Ph.D. Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants 3330 Oakwell Court, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX...

Converting Propane and Butane (LPG) in to High-Value Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Shale oil and gas operations in North America generate abundant and low-cost supplies of LPG. At the same time, high production levels of shale oil...

Biojet Fuel Production from Ethanol and Isobutanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Biojet fuels production from renewable ethanol and isobutanol will significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry. In...

Modeling and Optimization of a Cracked Naphtha Post-Treater

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
FCC cracked naphtha is a valuable component of the gasoline pool that, when untreated, is characterized by high olefin and sulfur content. The...

Deep Desulfurization Guardbeds for Hydrocarbon Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Traditionally sulfur removal from hydrocarbon feeds is carried out in a two-step process: hydrodesulfurization (HDS) of the organic sulfur compounds...

Alkylation and Other Processes for Refinery Propylene

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Propylene, originating from catalytic and thermal cracking processes like Fluid Catalytic Cracking, FCC and Delayed Coking, DCU, presents a...

Energy-Industry Trends and Insights from the Wellhead to Downstream Products

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon) has conducted Comparative Performance Analyses™ (CPA™), also known as the Solomon studies, for over 35 years. These studies benchmark the Refining, Petrochemicals, Midstream, Upstream, and Electric Power industries, with the earliest studies starting in 1980.

Next Generation IT for Next Generation Manufacturing

Archived Webinar
Jan 19, 2017
In this 60-minute webinar, you'll learn why data is a key asset in Smart Manufacturing and how it leads to smarter control and decision making. You'll understand how Smart Manufacturing...

Managing Water Treatment Risks in Refining

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Against the backdrop of global water scarcity, the industrial sector is the fastest growing source of water consumption. If current trends persist,...

Full Range Natural Gas Processing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Large and untapped natural gas reservoirs offer the opportunity to design a versatile and efficient gas processing complex. An optimized concept for...

Steam System Control and Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Control of the overall steam system in a refinery or a large petrochemical plant can be one of the most difficult automation challenges, yet one of...

Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenols and Derivatives to Aromatics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Phenols and substituted phenols can be produced from depolymerization of lignin, as we presented before at the AIChE conferences [1-2]. Hydrogenation...
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