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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

CHISA 2020

August 23-27, 2020
The 24th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2020 held in Prague from 23 to 27 August 2020. As all the CHISA Congresses in the past, also this one will cover a range of attractive topics and will offer many interdisciplinary links.

2019 Food Innovation and Engineering (FOODIE) Conference

December 8-10, 2019
The Food Innovation & Engineering Conference (FOODIE), hosted by AIChE’s Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division (Division 15), will offer a chance for people from multiple disciplines (including food engineers, neurobiologists, physiologists, members of supply chain, and more, as well as chefs, restauranteurs, and foodies alike) to network and share ideas to improve the food world.

Food-Energy-Water Nexus

December 5-6, 2019
How do we provide and maintain the food, energy and water supplies in urban environments as the population continues to increase? Obstacles and initiatives are the focus of this conference, and you will leave with new ideas and new collaborators.

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 Battery and Energy Storage Workshop

October 21-22, 2019
The Battery and Energy Storage workshop seeks to engage chemical engineers and researchers working in the field of battery technologies to identify, communicate and explore current advancements in battery design, manufacture, and recycling. Submit your abstract by September 30th! Submit an Abstract...

CEP: News Update

September
2019
News Update
Taking Chemical Engineering into the Solar System Human space exploration was launched by intrinsic curiosity and intrepid scientists, but it was precipitated by a political rivalry of global proportions. Microfluidics Monitor Sickle Cell Disease...

Ammonia as a Fuel Cell Alternative?

August 26, 2019

Fuel cells continue to be a hot topic, and as hydrogen fuel cell technology advances, we are also seeing fuel cell alternatives.

August 2019 CEP Preview

August 15, 2019

This month the future of hydrogen, a look at advances in distillation, uses for dynamic simulations, and much more.

Shortcut Modeling of Natural Gas Supersonic Separation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Supersonic separation is a novel technology for natural gas separation. The theoretical design uniquely combines concepts from aerodynamics,...

Profit from Flue Gas to Increase Crop Yields

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Presented is pilot plant data/ results operating in multiple orchards in Kern County, California. Flue gas taken directly from the clean natural gas...

Liquefaction Technology Selection for Mid-Scale LNG Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Liquefaction Technology Selection for Mid-scale LNG Plants Saeid Mokhatab Gas Processing Consultant, Halifax, NS, Canada s.mokhatab@yahoo.com...

Transforming Abundant Data into Improved Process Reliability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Today, processing facilities are beginning to effectively utilize the abundance of process and asset health data and information as part of an...

Improve Refinery Profitability with Modus Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2019
Improve Refinery Profitability with Modus TM Technology Catalytic Cracking (FCC) and Coking are the two key conversion processes in a petroleum...

WISE Interns Present Policy Recommendations on Energy Topics

October 28, 2011

In the Cecil Award Lecture, sponsored by the Environmental Division, Mikkel Vandebergh and Anita Luong presented on policy topics they had researched this summer as participants in the Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE) program.

Advancements in Hydrogen Deployment

August
2019
Special Section
The quest to harness the energy of clean, renewable hydrogen is now becoming a global initiative, as many countries look to address the impacts of climate change.

Hydrogen’s Expanding Role in the Energy System

August
2019
Special Section
Mark Ruth, Bryan Pivovar, Josh Eichman
Realizing the vision of H2@Scale will require research and investment in efficient hydrogen production methods and upgraded infrastructure. Advances in hydrogen production will allow new applications, such as steelmaking, biofuels production, and fuel cell electric vehicles, to thrive.

Large-Scale Hydrogen System Safety Issues

August
2019
Special Section
Chris LaFleur, P.E.
As hydrogen’s applications grow and develop across many sectors, industrial systems must identify the necessary precautions to be able to safely handle the material.

Renewable Hydrogen for Sustainable Ammonia Production

August
2019
Special Section
Trevor Brown
More than half of all produced hydrogen is consumed in ammonia plants. Ammonia’s potential as a carbon-free fuel, hydrogen carrier, and energy store represents an opportunity for renewable hydrogen technologies to be deployed at an even greater scale.

Hydrogen Deployment (Complete 28-Page Special Section)

August
2019
Special Section
Advancements in Hydrogen Deployment; Research and Development to Enable Hydrogen at Scale; Hydrogen's Expanding Role in the Energy System; Large-Scale Hydrogen System Safety Issues; Hydrogen for Sustainable Ammonia Production.

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.

CEP: News Update

July
2019
News Update
AI Gives the Fragrance Industry a New Nose In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has found its way into the fragrance industry. The union sometimes seems at odds with the world of scent, which is often tied to human emotion. Yet, as the...

Reducing Energy Costs and Emissions with Combustion Control

July
2019
Plant Operations
Julie Valentine
Combustion in fired heaters and boilers is typically based on either volumetric flow control or pressure control of the fuel gas feeding the burner. Using mass flow control could help lower energy costs and emissions.

IfS' Climate Change and Carbon Management

eLearning (online) Course
The Climate Change and Carbon Management eLearning course provides the latest science findings on the causes and impacts of climate change and...

CEP: News Update

August
2019
News Update
New Report Looks to the Future of Separation Science The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released a new report detailing a research agenda for the future of separation science. The memo outlines major...

Jeff Erikson on Carbon Management

June 26, 2019

Jeff Erikson of the Global CCS Institute shares thoughts on top trends in carbon management and discusses goals for the Carbon Management Technology Conference.

CEP: News Update

June
2019
News Update
Could Cannabis Help Treat Brain Disease? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from cannabis, lacking the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives marijuana users a carefree high. CBD has become wildly popular for recreational...

Advanced Manufacturing Progress: Intensification of Fast Pyrolysis

June
2019
Advanced Manufacturing Progress
Robert Brown
Fast pyrolysis is one of many processes being developed to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and other energy and chemical products. In fast pyrolysis, biomass is rapidly heated to about 500°C to release volatile compounds that are quickly...

tcbiomassplus2019

October 7-9, 2019
tcbiomassplus2019 focuses on the science of thermochemical conversion of biomass and municipal solid waste (MSW) to renewable gas (RNG), liquid fuels, and chemicals. This international event draws attendees from around the world, with past conferences including representatives from over 20 other...

Pipeline Safety

Archived Webinar
Apr 24, 2019
Are you interested in learning how to manage pipeline integrity safety? In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn how pipeline operators might use the outputs of risk assessment to better support...

April 2019 CEP Preview

April 12, 2019

In this month's issue, a look at managing severe weather and flood risks (open access article), tips for optimizing industrial fermenters, bioprocessing safety, and much more.

2019 Offshore Technology Conference

April
2019
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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