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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.

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 Based Sustainable Energy Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 7, 2010
The recent swings in oil prices again remind us that the world's supply of fossil fuels is finite. Roughly 85% of current energy use is being met by...

Titania Nanotube Supported Gold Photoanodes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2009
Photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) combine a photovoltaic device for light harvesting and an electrolyzer for water splitting into a single system...

Clean Coal Technology and CO2 Capture: A Perspective

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2009
Absolute and per-capita energy consumption is bound to increase globally, leading to a projected increase in energy requirements of 50% by 2020. The...

100 Years of Petroleum Refining Catalysts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 18, 2008
100 years ago in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T Ford and ushered in the age when cars were affordable to middle class Americans. At that...

100 Years of Advancement in Fuels and Petrochemicals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 18, 2008
The technology of petroleum refining will be compared as it was in 1908 with it is in 2008, a period of time that can be designated as the “petroleum...

Special Section: Natural Gas - Transportation

August
2015
Special Section
Donald Anton, Claudio Corgnale, Bruce Hardy, Martin Sulic, David Tamburello
Development of natural gas as a fuel for light-duty vehicles will require innovative methods of onboard storage. One option under investigation is the use of adsorbents.

Special Section: Natural Gas (Full 27-Page Supplement)

August
2015
Special Section
Donald Anton, Jared Ciferno, Claudio Corgnale, Richard Dennis, Bruce Hardy, E Nicholas Jones, John Marano, Bryan Morreale, Todd W. Onderdonk, James Spivey, Martin Sulic, David Tamburello, Lynne D. Taschner, Shailesh Vora
Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges; Natural Gas: The Energy Outlook; Natural Gas: Electric Power; Natural Gas: Chemical Synthesis; Natural Gas: Transportation

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Technology Integration Challenges

August
2011
Special Section
Jared P. Ciferno, John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be an important part of the transition to lower-carbon energy sources. However, widespread integration of CCS with existing power-generation plants and technologies — on a commercial scale and in a cost-...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage (Full 24-Page Supplement)

August
2011
Special Section
Daniel Brantley, Jared P. Ciferno, Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, Arnold W. Reitze, Jr., John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson, John Shafer, Mary Ellen Ternes
Technology Integration Challenges; Navigating the Legal Landscape; Characterizing a Geologic Formation; Demonstrating CCS Integration

Nuclear Renaissance: A Flawed Proposition

July
2010
Special Section
Anthony D'Agostino, Benjamin K. Sovacool
Nuclear power has never been safe and it never will be. Efficiency gains and investment in renewable sources of energy will be sufficient to power the planet without resorting to nuclear reactors.

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.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - A Biodegradable Plastic Made from Waste Methane

February
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
What if we could make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just disappear? What if plastics didn’t accumulate in our landfills? What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while replacing up to 30% of the world’s plastics with a biodegradable substitute? Researchers have tried for decades to achieve these goals. One approach being taken is the development of an efficient production process for poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) — a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used to make yogurt containers.

Special Section: Natural Gas - Electric Power

August
2015
Special Section
Jared Ciferno, Richard Dennis, Shailesh Vora
The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Demonstrating CCS Integration

August
2011
Special Section
Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, P.E., P.G.
The largest, fully integrated process for separating CO2 from fluegas and compressing it to a supercritical fluid, transporting the CO2 by pipeline, and injecting the CO2 into a saline reservoir is now underway at the Plant Barry generating station...

Special Section: Energy (Full 25-Page Supplement)

July
2016
Special Section
Tomorrow's Technology is a Reality Today; Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy; Establishing the Fuel Cell Industry; Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Membranes; Fuel Cells for Mobile Applications

Biorefinery Process Economics

October
2005
SBE Special Section
Gregory M. Bohlmann
With oil and natural gas prices surging, bio-based feedstocks are becoming increasingly competitive. This article examines, in depth, the technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery concept.

Special Section: Natural Gas - Chemical Synthesis

August
2015
Special Section
John Marano, James Spivey, Bryan Morreale
Plentiful, low-cost natural gas will invigorate the chemicals industry over the next decade, as producers look to increase the role of natural gas as a feedstock in established processes, as well as develop new processes to convert methane into chemicals currently derived from petroleum.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - An LPG Tragedy

November
2014
Process Safety Beacon
At about 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 19, 1984, there was a major fire and a series of explosions at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage and distribution terminal at San Juan Ixhuatepec, Mexico City, Mexico. There were over 500 fatalities, about 7,000 injuries, 200,000 people were evacuated, and the terminal was destroyed. The blasts were recorded on a seismometer 20 km (12.4 miles) away. Most of the injuries and fatalities were in the surrounding community — people were living as close as 130 m (425 ft) from the terminal. The cause of the accident could not be definitively established because of the destruction of the facilities and absence of witness reports.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Natural Gas Transforms the Chemical Industry

March
2014
Journal Highlight
The recent development of new sources of shale-gas methane and shale-gas condensate will significantly impact fuels and chemical feedstocks in the U.S. and around the world, says Jeffrey Siirola of Purdue Univ. and Carnegie Mellon Univ. in the March AIChE Journal Perspective article, “The Impact of Shale Gas in the Chemical Industry.”

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
November 11, 2015
Partial oxidation of carbonaceous fuels at high temperatures (gasification) is a process to produce alternative energy. On promising technique to...

Hydrolysis Kinetics of Woody Biomass: Surface Renewal

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 11, 2015
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
November 10, 2015
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...

Making Escherichia coli Grow on Methanol

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2015
The quest for using methanol as a substrate to produce useful metabolites such as commodity chemicals, chemical precursors, biopolymers,...
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