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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.

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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

High-Tech Flywheels Help Bring Stability to Grid

March 20, 2015
Pioneering flywheel developer Beacon Power is becoming one of the success stories of the evolving power grid. Its flywheels help to correct the obvious shortcomings of grid 1.0 by...

Record Energy Storage from New Sol-gel Material

July 31, 2015
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that...

How Desalination Created Modern Qatar

December 16, 2015
Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and...

Engineer Making Waste Heat a Major Power Source

July 29, 2016
Matt Scullin plans to corner a big chunk of the energy market. He's not an oil or gas guy, or a renewables guy. Instead, he's found a huge, untapped resource — an inexhaustible...

Alternative Energy [Video]

March 3, 2010
A new wave of technologies is on the verge of producing energy that's clean, renewable, and most importantly, affordable.

A Glimpse into the Energy Scenario in Bangladesh

January 30, 2014
A chemical engineer's work is never done! ChEnected contributor Fatima Enam looks at her country's energy needs and the enormous need for solutions and highly skilled chemical...

The Tesla Powerwall's Serious Growing Pains

May 12, 2015
Earlier this month Elon Musk created a technology miracle: he made battery storage sexy enough during his product rollout that he had his audience whooping, cheering and clapping...

Renewables Help South Africa Save Its Grid

October 6, 2015
Starting with almost zero renewable energy in 2010, South Africa has now built out more than 1,000 megawatts of solar and 800 of wind power. This was made possible by opening up...

A Less Petroleum-Dependent Military

December 20, 2010
In response to some recent posts on applications of renewable energy and moving energy use/production off grid, I've been thinking about technologies and concepts could be...

Dow Bets on Low Natural Gas Prices

April 25, 2012
Becoming the latest company to take advantage of the shale boom's flat-lining natural gas prices, Dow Chemical's Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO, recently announced the...

Single-Step Methane-to-Ethylene Process

October 24, 2013
The next transformation of the ethylene story might be written by a small San Francisco startup that is on the verge of commercializing a new way to turn methane — normally...

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

April 4, 2014
Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The...

New Technique Could Reduce Biofuel Costs by 30%

February 25, 2015
To combat the challenges of breaking down lignocellulosic biomass in biofuel production, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment...

Texas Is Giving Away Wind Energy

November 30, 2015
Wind power is now so cheap in Texas that many energy retailers offer special deals that include free electricity at night after demand drops and the turbines are still pumping out...

Solar Panel Pyramids

September 26, 2011
Lunar Cubit was designed for Abu Dhabi just outside Masdar City , which will be the world's first zero carbon city . Both art and technology, Lunar Cubit provides solar energy to...

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

August 16, 2013
Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.

Incandescent Bulb Reengineered for Efficiency

January 12, 2016
Researchers have found a way to funnel some of the incandescent bulb's wasted energy back into light production, boosting efficiency to a level that is comparable with current...

A Different Kind of Hybrid

April 9, 2010
The power-generating abilities of solar arrays are vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters, such as clouds and nighttime; whereas fossil fuel -based plants suffer from...

Hess Is Latest Oil Company to Jettison Refineries

March 27, 2012
Looking for predictable profits in services, the Hess Corporation recently announced the launch of Hess Energy Solutions, which offers long term energy management for commercial...

Challenge Question: Specific Heats [Solved]

September 4, 2012
So, are the heated sidewalks a good choice for the snowy Montana town? Check out the solution, provided by Vinith Bejugam of the University of Arkansas.

New Global LNG Projects Picking Up Momentum

January 15, 2013
A decade ago the world expected to be at the mercy of a gas cartel run by Russia, Iran, and Qatar. Today, gas discoveries and LNG projects around the world have shifted fates...

Using Behavioral Science to Lower Energy Bills

June 18, 2013
In January, Opower achieved a milestone: achieving two terawatt hours of energy savings — enough to take all the homes in a city the size of Sacramento off the electric grid for a...

Who Popped the LNG Gas Bubble?

July 3, 2014
No doubt about it, there had been signs of an " overbuild ," and the liquefaction market had displayed bubbliciousness, but Vladimir Putin will probably hog all the credit for...

Solar Power Melts Steel

July 28, 2010
This video demonstrates the real power of solar energy. Courtesy of Fatsomus

The New Energy Mix: Abundance and Sustainability?

October 17, 2012
The US’s surge in production of natural gas is by methods that are spreading around the world. As oil begins to be abundant, too, can we have the benefits and still move toward...

The Father of Wind Energy: Meet Henrik Stiesdal

February 25, 2013
Stiesdal, who has 85 patents to his name, has changed Siemens Wind Energy from a regional turbine builder into a global powerhouse, with research and manufacturing centers in...

On Site: North American Student Energy Summit

August 13, 2014
Erin Alderink of the University of Michigan reports on her experience at the North American Student Energy Summit (NASES), as part of her internship in the Washington Internships...

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