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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

2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 28 - November 2, 2018
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 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.

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...

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...

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 experience expanding the DOE’s Better Plants program and ensuring it supports manufacturers and...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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. 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...

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 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...

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...

Oil Field Additives and Ethylene Feedstock Contaminants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
The shale gas revolution has fueled dramatic growth in the North American petrochemicals marketplace, sparking expansions and new construction on a...

Save Energy without Investing Capital

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
It is hard to get excited about saving energy during periods when energy prices are low, because the return on investment for energy efficiency...

Advances in Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Analytics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Big data is a hot topic in many commercial and industrial applications, and it also applies to the operation of refineries and petrochemical plants...

Boiler Emissions Reduction through Humid Combustion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
This presentation will compare conventional emissions abatement techniques with alternative options utilizing direct contact heat exchangers, which...

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...
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