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

Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage

Special Section
Nick AuYeung, Peter Kreider
Thermochemical energy storage could be the key to widespread concentrating solar power (CSP) deployment.

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.

Editorial: Investing in Energy and Economic Security

Cynthia Mascone
This is an expanded version of the Editorial that appeared in the print version of Chemical Engineering Progress, July 2017. The mission of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is to overcome the long-term and high-risk...

July 2017 CEP Preview

July 10, 2017
This month features a special section on solar energy, with a look at concentrating solar thermal (CST), solar thermochemical energy storage (CSP), and more.

A Bright Spot for Energy Production

Special Section
Elizabeth Pavone
Recently, I had the opportunity to view a great swath of the U.S. in less than six hours. Flying west from New York to California, I spotted major cities and snow-capped mountain ranges, but what stood out to me the most was an enormous circular arrangement of mirrors all facing one central point. From my aerial vantage, I recognized it as a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, and later learned it was likely the Crescent Dunes CSP plant in Nevada.

Concentrating Solar Thermal Overview

Special Section
Jeff Cumpston, Alexander Mitsos
Concentrating solar thermal (CST) technology can be used to generate electricity, desalinate water, and more. Find out how CST works and the role chemical engineers can play.

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, David Hill Manager of Technical Support,...

Compressed Air Basics

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.

Offshore Technology Conference Expo Preview

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...
Cover of March 2017 CEP – Cover Feature: Work-Life Balance

March 2017 CEP Preview

March 13, 2017

This month's CEP Magazine looks at managing a healthy and enjoyable work-life balance, along with features on safely servicing relief devices and on improving production scheduling for increased energy efficiency, among many other topics.

Siemens Buys UK Tidal Energy Pioneer

March 1, 2012

Although tidal energy is a micro-niche market over-shadowed by wind and solar, global giant Siemens has recently upped its stake from 45 to 90 percent in tidal energy pioneer, Marine Current Turbines (MCT). Currently, the small, 25-employee, UK-based company has only one grid-connected prototype, which may not appear very auspicious.

Promising Carbon Capture in Field Testing

July 31, 2013

Field tests conducted by US DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington aim to return carbon dioxide to the earth by injecting it into underground basalt formations.

High-Powered Plasma Turns Garbage into Gas

August 14, 2012

As America's dump-truck-accessible landfill spaces fill to the brim with garbage, the nation's $12.5 billion trash hauling king turned to a 52-year-old chemical engineer with a unique solution verging on 60s science fiction: a plasma-enhanced melter technology.

Radical Wind Turbine Design Coming to California

August 27, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown has an ambitious plan to bring 20,000 megawatts of renewable power to his state, including 12,000 megawatts of distributed generation, and he wants it in place by 2020.

A report from E3 2010: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Environment and Economic Conference

December 14, 2010

Researchers, students, government officials, and nonprofit and business leaders from Minnesota and across the nation attended E3 2010, Tuesday, November 30 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This year’s conference focused on the intersection among innovative technologies and policies, environmental benefits, and emerging market opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Changing the Future of Coal?

March 20, 2014

The Kemper plant gasifier technology is very different. It can convert low quality brown coal into into synthesis gas, while removing 65 percent of the CO2.

Commercial Milestone: Ethanol from Landfill Waste

August 7, 2013

Biofuel maker INEOS Bio just announced that its $130 million Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Florida, is producing commercial quantities of transportation fuel from cellulosic biomass that is nonfood, landfill waste.

Bill Gates' Radical 21st Century Toilets For the World's Poor

August 22, 2012

2.5 billion of the world's poor are forced into unsanitary conditions for lack of water. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to end that. Say hello to the waterless toilet that turns waste into useable resources for five cents per user per day.

GE and BP Wind Energy Celebrate Milestones

January 3, 2013

As US wind-energy developers raced to finish projects before the renewable energy tax credit expired on January 1st, GE installed its 20,000th wind turbine. And now a new twist for the US wind energy industry has emerged with the fiscal cliff vote.

Study Finds Small Modular Reactors Could Revive US Nuclear Industry

January 5, 2012

In the wake of Fukushima and its chilling effect on nuclear policy around the world, a newly released study from the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute finds that small modular reactors may hold the key to an actual renaissance of U.S. nuclear power.

ChemE Miles C. Barr Given Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for His Solar Innovation

March 8, 2012

Miles C. Barr, who recently received his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT, has just been awarded the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing an innovative solar technology. His innovation is a new way to print solar cells directly onto a variety of surfaces, such as paper.

Mosaic Lets Small Investors Fund Solar Projects

April 17, 2013

While new solar technology and installations often shows great promise, it's commonly financing that determines true success. Learn more about innovative crowd-sourced solar projects that are helping solar get off the ground in the U.S.

Chinese Hackers Target U.S. Oil and Gas

February 22, 2013

A group of China’s increasingly sophisticated cybersoldiers, known as the “Comment Crew," appear to be trying to penetrate America's critical infrastructure, including systems that remotely monitor oil and gas pipelines.

Bio-Refinery Produces Fuel with Fertilizer as By-product

July 24, 2013

Cool Planet Energy Systems has announced high-performing drop-in biofuel that is backed by investors such as Google, GE, BP, and ConocoPhillips. The company also produces as a bi-product a fertilizer that enriches soil to produce improved feedstock yields and also assists in CO2 sequestration efforts.

Oregon Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Trouble

April 1, 2013

Since technological and funding hurdles have forced many cellulosic ethanol companies to shut down, ZeaChem's latest news is par-for-the-course as the cellulosic biofuels industry flails at mandates from the wildly ambitious Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Radioactive Orchestra: Making Music with Radiation

August 26, 2011

The Radioactive Orchestra is an online tool that lets you convert decaying radioactive isotopes into musical notes. Watch DJ Axel Boman, helped by Swedish physicists, translate gamma cascades into music in the right-hand window, and then try it yourself at their website.

Spain's Gemasolar: The World's First Baseload Solar Power Plant

March 12, 2012

Located in the hot, dry Spanish countryside near the village of Fuentes de Andalucia,Torresol Energy's Gemasolar commercial-scale concentrated solar power plant (CSP) achieved a global milestone last summer by using an innovative storage system – molten salt – to provide uninterrupted power for an entire day, sunrise to sunrise.

EnviroMission to Build 2625-Foot-Tall Solar Tower in Arizona Desert

July 26, 2011

Skeptics once dismissed EnviroMission's desert Solar Tower as a visionary mirage, but now the huge energy project is on the verge of becoming reality, and, someday a world-class tourist magnet. Once completed, construction will begin on the project's 2,625-foot tower—just 390 feet shy of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Delivering power by 2015, its 200-megawatt capacity will feed the grid with enough energy for 150,000 US homes.

Scottish Surge in Wave-Energy Innovations

December 1, 2011

In Europe offshore wind is the great blustery hope among the political class, with new projects announced weekly. But lately, scientists have begun to pay attention to ocean waves, which hold 40 times more energy than air moving at the same speed.

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