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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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A New Chemical Boom and Bust Cycle?

May 21, 2012

Smart bet, or risky move? Low natural gas prices have been good for Dow Chemical, but some analysts wonder if the boom will lead to an eventual sales bust.

Shale Gas in the Middle of the Worldwide Energy Drama

October 10, 2012

The second basis for asserting a new Golden Age of Chemical Engineering is the new abundance of hydrocarbon resources in the US. In this post, we focus on the worldwide impacts of fracking and shale gas.

Wind Energy Dukes It Out With Fossil Fuels

February 20, 2013

2012 turned out to be a year when old assumptions about wind energy began to shift as the planet’s installed wind capacity jumped from 238 GWs to about 282 GWs. Read about the big developments in Australia and the U.S.

Texas Breaks Oil Production Records

April 17, 2014

Texas oil producers pumped 2.8 million barrels a day in January, the 28th month since August 2011 that the state’s oil output has increased by more than 25%.

Budget-Cutting Pain Hits Oil Services

July 29, 2015

July 30, 2014 was just another budget-busting day to cash-strapped oil importers like Jordan and India as they bought oil on the global market.

Canada Ready to Change Course on Climate Change

December 9, 2015

A breakthrough in the Paris climate talks suddenly seemed possible a year ago, after President Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping — representing the world's biggest polluters — pledged to work to

Two Biofuel Firsts: Honeywell and Boeing Land Transatlantic Flights at the Paris Air Show

June 30, 2011

Departing Morristown, NJ, and arriving at Paris-Le Bourget Airport seven hours later, a Honeywell corporate jet became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe on a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and standard jet fuel. Honeywell, symbolically framing the flight's significance, had their pilot follow Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic—a perfect beginning for this year's Paris Air Show.

Nuclear Renaissance at Long Last? Not So Fast…

March 5, 2012

11 months after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, two new US reactors got the green light from governing body NRC. This is wonderful news for the nuclear industry, but while some have visions of the long-awaited nuclear renaissance, it may be too soon to start ringing the victory bell.

Recession Silver Lining: Microgrids Help Cities Save Money

December 13, 2012

Faced with balancing budgets, smart city managers across the country have successfully turned to microgrids and LEDs to cut electricity bills by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Check out the video to learn more.

Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Home Battery Storage

May 5, 2015

After dropping hints about a new product launch for months, when CEO Elon Musk walked on stage at the Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, California, he faced a revved-up crowd of tech reporters, e

Shell's Prelude FLNG Completes Major Construction

January 22, 2016

Shell has sent out a video update as its revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project winds up major construction in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in South Korea.

Frackers in Permian Basin Upset Saudi Dominance

August 11, 2016

Once formidable, OPEC is taking a beating from US shale drillers two years after Saudi Arabia flooded the world with cheap crude trying to knock the upstarts out of the oil business.

Conductive Nanotube Cables Could Advance Renewable Energy and More

September 21, 2011

Researchers at Rice University have announced a nanotechnology success that could play a significant role in making renewable energy more practical and could contribute to many electrical applications where weight is a factor. The breakthrough: researchers have created carbon nanotubes that are approaching electrical conductivities seen in metal wires, a goal that has been pursued since the 1980s.

Free Renewable Energy App and U.S. Renewable Energy Atlas

February 6, 2012

The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just released a tsunami of useful data – but one tool can help wade through some of it. NREL's new interactive geospatial app allows anyone to easily and accurately map potential renewable energy resources throughout the United States directly from a Web browser.

Building a Biofuel Game-Changer

December 27, 2013

Dr Sean Simpson, founder of LanzaTech, tells about an entrepreneurial wild ride, from his first idea to his deal to make jet fuel for Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Is Grid Storage a Myth?

August 25, 2014

One voice in the debate advocates a software solution, with predictive computer models tracking production and demand and then intelligently routing power where it’s needed.

Termites: Homeowner Scourge or Biofuel Savior?

July 18, 2011

An unwanted house pest and suburban scourge, suddenly the termite has been accidentally and disasterously rehabilitated by science. Hyperbole? Termite control professionals don't think so.

First U.S. Plant to Make Gasoline and Diesel Fuel from Natural Gas

November 18, 2011

There is an interesting question regarding the contribution that so-called “synthetic fuels” (i.e., those made from raw materials other than crude oil) could make to our motor fuels supply. Technology for several of these fuels has been commercialized, with substantial contributions from chemical engineers.

Small Modular Reactors Closer to Reality

March 22, 2012

The Department of Energy's vision for the future of nuclear energy will probably combine light water fission reactors along with a panoply of small modular reactors (SMRs) currently in development.

New Battery Is Changing the Grid

June 30, 2014

Axion Power makes a hybrid super-capacitor/battery that replaces the negative electrode with an activated carbon electrode to get super capacitor properties.

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