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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

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. Please check back soon for more updates on the Call for Abstracts and other program announcements. The triennial Natural Gas Conversion Symposium has been bringing together the world's leaders in...

Energy Forecasting: Shale Gas

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
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. energy market and is creating new opportunities for industry, electricity generation and exports. Yet...

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...

Liquid Density By Eos

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Liquid Density by EOS Yoshitsugi Kikkawa, Kikkawa Giken, Yokohama Japan, yoshikikkawa@yahoo.co.jp David Hill Manager of Technical Support,...

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.

Microbial Conversion of Methane to Electricity

May 22, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have engineered a strain of bacteria that is the key to converting methane to electricity. The researchers' goal was to eliminate the need to transport...

May 2017 CEP Preview

May 8, 2017
Understand the pros & cons of modular design, learn to optimize compressed air systems, reduce produce contamination, and more.

Compressed Air Basics

May
2017
Back To Basics
Michael L. Stowe, P.E.
Compressing air is an inefficient and expensive process. This article offers some tactics to optimize your compressed air system, which can help reduce energy costs at your plant.

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

May
2017
News Update
4D Printing Creates Shape-Shifting Materials Scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology and Singapore Univ. of Technology and Design have developed a way to 3D-print objects that can easily change shape when they are heated. The process could...

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.

Offshore Technology Conference Expo Preview

April
2017
New Products
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is an annual event where more than 90,000 energy professionals meet to advance their scientific and technical knowledge related to offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and...

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 breaks down compartmentalization throughout manufacturing to provide new opportunities for innovation,...

Opportunities and Challenges for Energy Reduction in Separations

Archived Webinar
Jul 20, 2016
Do separations play a significant role in your operational and capital costs? Find out how to improve separation energy consumption. In 60 minutes, you’ll consider how roughly half or more of the world’s energy supply is consumed by separations that either isolate products for sale or recycle...

Battery Basics

Archived Webinar
Jan 13, 2016
This session takes a look at the electrochemistry behind batteries to get a sense of where the field is moving. Massive electricity storage would offer huge benefits to today’s grid, reducing price volatility, improving stability against loss of power, increasing utilization of generation assets by...

Economics of Waste Management in the U.S.

Archived Webinar
Nov 18, 2015
This webinar provides an overview of integrated solid waste management in the U.S., and the economics that drive the systems. It focuses on the current state of solid waste management, data about programs and facilities, system costs and the value of recyclables. Since technology plays an important...

The Energy-Water Nexus: Opportunities and Challenges

Archived Webinar
Mar 25, 2015
This talk provides an overview of DOE’s recently-released report: The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the water-energy nexus and identifies challenges and opportunities across the nexus. Energy and water systems interact physically...

From the Nanometer Scale to the Oilfield

Archived Webinar
Feb 4, 2015
This talk focuses on recent studies that are designed to better understand the nanometer length scale association mechanisms of asphaltenes and how these studies can be related to a macroscopic perspective. For example, asphaltenes are a class of polydisperse molecules that are believed associate...

Dynamic Emulsion Characterization

Archived Webinar
Jan 21, 2015
This presentation illustrates several analytical tools that are being used to characterize dynamic emulsion behavior with application to flow assurance. Results will be presented for interfacial tensiometry, acoustic spectroscopy, inflow microscopy, and diffusional NMR techniques. Insight from this...

CCUS Pathways to Synergistic Fossil and Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Archived Webinar
Oct 15, 2014
This presentation focuses on practical and reliable solutions to climate change issues associated with power plants and how such solutions can enable far more effective use of both renewable and fossil fuels in a much more environmentally benign fashion. The mounting concerns over global warming...

Processing Challenges with Tight Oil

Archived Webinar
Jun 4, 2014
This presentation provides insight into processing challenges with tight oil. Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter tight oil crudes don’t come without some processing challenges. Some of the challenges...

Thirst for Power: The Global Nexus of Energy and Water

Archived Webinar
May 28, 2014
In this presentation, Dr. Webber builds from his extensive body of research, his course lectures, and his congressional testimony to share his perspective on the global nexus of energy and water to outline trends while identifying technical and policy options that might mitigate the challenges...

Treating Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Waters

Archived Webinar
Dec 11, 2013
This presentation reviews membrane separation processes that could be used to treat hydraulic fracturing flowback waters. The advantages and limitations of these processes are highlighted. Data from commercial treatment facilities is also presented.

Water Reuse Challenges and Hydraulic Fracturing

Archived Webinar
Dec 4, 2013
GE Water & Process Technologies offers a broad product and solutions portfolio that addresses water challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing. This webinar discusses: Key technical and community challenges of hydraulic fracturing The drilling and production water life cycle GE’s fixed and...

Mid-Scale LNG Processes

Archived Webinar
Oct 16, 2013
This Webinar presents the need for natural gas liquefaction (LNG), the LNG value chain, and compares several technologies such as the PRICO® single mixed refrigerant process.

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the U.S.: What Are the Options?

Archived Webinar
Sep 11, 2013
Chris Phillips describes both reprocessing and long term storage as complementary ways of dealing with the used nuclear fuel (UNF) from the US's nuclear reactors. Candido Pereira provides an overview of the nuclear fuel cycle and possible future directions for sustainable nuclear power production...

Atmospheric Impacts of Expanded Natural Gas Use

Archived Webinar
Aug 21, 2013
This presentation focuses on air quality impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing. Data and modeling on emissions and impacts of photochemically active air pollutants, toxic air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions are described.

VLS: Great Inventions That Changed The World

Archived Webinar
Mar 28, 2013
You will not only learn about inventions and inventors, but also the impact they have had on our lives and the society and environment in which we live today. Inventions solve problems, but they can also directly or indirectly create new problems as well, from pollution to global warming to...

From Wet Algae to Liquid Fuels

Archived Webinar
Mar 20, 2013
The presentation provides some general background on biofuels and on the use of algae as a biomass source for making liquid fuels. The presentation focuses on R&D efforts related to processing algae in its wet state, which eliminates an energy intensive drying step.

Marcellus Shale Gas Wastewater Reuse and Recycle

Archived Webinar
Oct 3, 2012
This webinar provides background on how water is used for drilling and hydraulic fracturing and includes a review of hydraulic fracturing fluid composition and flowback and produced water quantity and composition.

Biofuels: Metrics and Challenges

Archived Webinar
Aug 22, 2012
Learn about the critical economic, environmental and social issues that will impact a biofuels project along with the technical programs that could enhance a particular project.

Electrofuel Production Using Ammonia or Iron in Reverse Microbial Fuel Cells

Archived Webinar
May 29, 2012
The production of electrofuels requires the efficient transport of electrons from an electrochemical system into a biological system. We have approached this challenge by identifying natural chemical mediators that can be easily reduced electrochemically and are natural substrates for different...

Algae - The New Green Crude

Archived Webinar
Mar 1, 2012
Algae provides one solution to help the US reduce its dependence on foreign oil and create new green jobs. Barry Cohen and Will Thurmond will discuss both the technology and the commercial framework for the New Green Crude.

Impact of Shale Gas Development on NGL Supplies and Petrochemical Feedstocks

Archived Webinar
Feb 2, 2012
Development of shale gas and oil resources in the United States has resulted in significant byproduct production of natural gas liquids, which has reversed the declining trend in US NGL production experienced at the turn of the century. A wide gap in natural gas and oil prices has supported the...

Opportunities and Challenges of Waste-To-Energy

Archived Webinar
Dec 8, 2011
Wider adoption of waste-to-energy technology promises to bring changes to industries beyond energy generation and waste management. This comprehensive overview of Waste-To-Energy covers key insights first shared at the Waste-to-Energy Exchange, held in November, 2011. Topics addressed include:...
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