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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

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Navigating the Legal Landscape

August
2011
Special Section
Arnold W. Reitze Jr., Mary Ellen Ternes
A legal framework governing carbon sequestration will need to be put in place before major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects can get underway. A final rule issued under the Safe Drinking Water Act sets minimum requirements, but this is just...

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Turning a Problem into a Cure for Increased Ethanol Yield

January
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
The beneficial microbes that convert milk into yogurt and act in our guts to promote digestive health cause big problems in ethanol fermentation tanks. These lactic acid bacteria (LAB) proliferate in ethanol feedstock and inhibit growth of ethanol-producing yeast — which slows down fermentation, reduces biofuel yield by as much as 20% per pound of input material, and results in production shutdowns due to contamination. The most common control measures, chemical antimicrobials such as antibiotics, do not eliminate LAB. Additionally, the potential for antibiotic residue limits the marketability of dried distillers grains, a byproduct of the fermentation process used as animal feed. Ecolyse Inc., based in College Station, TX, is working to address this issue by developing products to treat bacterial contamination.

Special Section: Natural Gas - The Energy Outlook

August
2015
Special Section
E Nicholas Jones, Todd W. Onderdonk, Lynne D. Taschner
Natural gas production is projected to grow in almost all regions of the world, with demand coming from the electric power generation, industrial, and transportation markets.

Preparing for a Successful Energy Assessment

May
2016
Back To Basics
Thomas R. Theising
If your facility has an upcoming energy assessment, you might be overwhelmed with the list of things you need to do, data you need to organize, and people you need to contact. This article streamlines the planning process and recommends steps you can take to optimize your facility’s energy costs.

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.

Experimental Results of Gasification of Raw Pine

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
Partial oxidation of carbonaceous fuels at high temperatures (gasification) is a process to produce alternative energy. On promising technique to...

Modular Production of Synthetic Petroleum from Shale Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
A current issue related to the production of petroleum from shale formations is the co-production of natural gas. In many cases, this co-produced gas...

Optimizing LNG Production Via Boil Off Gas System Design

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Optimizing LNG Production via Boil Off Gas System Design John Ergina – Technical Professional – Process, KBR Sumit Sharma – Senior Technical...

Production of Synthetic Fuel from Anaerobic Digester Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
The waste generated from feed lots, dairy farms, meat processing, etc can be converted to a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide using anaerobic...

Hydrolysis Kinetics of Woody Biomass: Surface Renewal

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
Woody biomass is known to be composed of three major components: cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose. Cellulose is the most stable natural polymer in...

Democratizing Fossil Fuel Conversion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
Do you have a billion dollars? Neither do most of the 6 million companies in the Unites States. In fact, less than 10 companies in the U.S. can...

Hydrothermal Carbonization of Different Biomass Types

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
As a non-food renewable energy resource, lignocellulosic biomass is essential in augmenting limited fossil fuels to produce liquid fuels and...

Making Escherichia coli Grow on Methanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm-3:00pm
The quest for using methanol as a substrate to produce useful metabolites such as commodity chemicals, chemical precursors, biopolymers,...

Identifying Fugitive Flare Flow Using Radioisotope Tracers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:30am-11:00am
The regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the EPA has become more stringent with increasing requirements to collect data to demonstrate...

Brayton Refrigeration Cycle for Small Scale LNG Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Liquefying natural gas is an industrial process of great importance with the current worldwide production capacity of about 300 million tonnes per...

Characterization of Glycerol-Diesel Emulsions Fuels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 1:00pm-1:15pm
Diesel fuel emulsions have demonstrated reductions of unwanted combustion emissions. Glycerol, a renewable and abundant resource, is an attractive...

A Novel TPOX-Based "Swiss-Roll" Fuel Reformer

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 1:30pm-1:45pm
A compact, non-catalytic, thermal partial oxidation (TPOX) based reformer has been developed to provide hydrogen-rich syngas to solid oxide fuel...

Alternate Fuel Synthesis in Supercritical Solvents

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:30pm-1:00pm
Anant Sarve , Mahesh N. Varma*, Shreeram S. Sonawane. Department of Chemical Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur,...

Thermogravimetic Analysis and Fast Pyrolysis of Milkweed

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:45am-11:00am
Pyrolysis characteristics and fast pyrolysis of Milkweed was carried out in a thermogravimetric analyzer and a bubbling fluidized bed reactor. Total...

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