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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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How Can Cities Help Save the Future?

August 17, 2011

Think of cities as nothing but a huge energy drain? Not exactly what you think of related to the words eco-friendly or green? Well, you may want to rethink your position on this after you hear the Ted Talk presented by Alex Steffen.

Paul Needham: Helping India’s Poor Own Electricity

September 28, 2012

Worldwide, approximately 1.6 billion people have no access to electricity and another 1 billion have extremely unreliable access. Many of the poor are forced to depend on kerosene lanterns. Hear about one man's solar solution to this problem in the accompanying video.

But Just What Is Fugacity?

August 19, 2013

Still have nagging questions about fugacity? Put them to rest with this tutorial or one of the many other videos on the subject.

Flow Battery Makers Battle over New Electrolyte

September 9, 2014

One flow battery manufacturer tossed its iron-chromium battery chemistry to switch to much-more-expensive vanadium. Despite vanadium's cost, the company has created a better-performing and more competitive battery.

Battery Storage Takes On Gas Peaker Plants

April 16, 2015

Replacing peaker plants has been one of the holy grails of battery storage since AES Energy Storage put its first small 1MW and 2MW projects on the grid to perform frequency regulation over seven y

Dodge Pick-Up Runs on Water

September 7, 2010

David Seigler and Fredrick Wood and of Future Energy Concepts have converted a pick-up truck to run on nothing but water.

Electric Cars the Star of Frankfurt Auto Show

September 27, 2011

The Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this month showed a wide range of electric cars, from small and affordable to high-powered sports and luxurious sports cars. Two noteworthy newcomers stood out. Students at Germany's Technische Universität München presented the Mute, a concept car with an light frame of aluminum and plastic.

Can Texas Solve the World's Coal Problem?

June 21, 2012

Ten years ago then-mayor of Dallas Laura Miller helped halt the construction of 11 coal-fired power plants in Texas. So why is she now pushing to build a new coal-fired plant? The difference is the plant itself, which is being heralded as the cleanest coal-fired power plant in the world and a model for the future of coal power.

King of Morocco Plans to Export Solar Power to Europe

February 19, 2016

Two weeks ago, when the King of Morocco ceremonially switched on the Noor I concentrated solar plant (CSP), he was hoping to turn his country into a renewable energy powerhouse over the next ten ye

F-22 Raptor Breaks Mach 1.5 on Camelina-Based Biofuel, the C-17 Globemaster lll Certified for Unrestricted Biofuel Flights

March 30, 2011

Edwards Air Force Base, CA—An F-22 Raptor completed its final test flight March 18 on a 50/50 fuel blend of conventional petroleum-based JP-8 and a camelina-based jet fuel. This flight test marked the first time this type of biofuel has been used in a fifth-generation fighter like the F-22, which has been selected as the proxy for the other fighter aircraft.

Team Boosts Microbial Diesel Fuel Production

March 30, 2012

Jay Keasling and researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a new technique that boosts microbial production of renewable biodiesel fuel as much as threefold. They call this new technique a dynamic sensor-regulator system or (DSRS).

Finding Cheap New Energy Under America's City Streets

September 5, 2012

America's decaying water infrastructure might actually provide an opportunity to generate cheap, green energy. Lucid Energy has demonstrated a way to install in-pipe water turbines that are amazingly efficient, and American cities such as San Antonio, TX, are planning to give the new technology a try.

The West Coast LNG Race to Asia Just Started

April 28, 2014

As competing groups pressure the Obama administration about selling US natural gas overseas, the DOE recently authorized exports from a proposed Oregon terminal.

New "Bird-Friendly" Wind Turbines Come to California

August 14, 2014

New "shrouded" wind turbines near San Francisco will be tested to determine if they are less lethal to birds and bats than traditional turbines. Plus, they're more efficient than similar-sized turbines on the market.

General Motors' Private War on Coal

December 28, 2015

Several years ago, General Motors made a deal to turn Detroit municipal waste into steam, which helped to power one of its local plants in 2014.

Solar Canopy Capable of Generating 73,000 Megawatt Hours Annually

August 29, 2011

Drawing on the inspiration of the Bedouin tent of the Arabian Peninsula, architectural firm Predock Frane has designed Solaris, a solar canopy that drapes a massive area and acts both as a landscape and structure.The structure is entered via a tunnel passage. To make energy generation possible, intelligent solar "balloons" [...]

T. Boone Pickens Wants Truckers To Start Dumping Diesel

December 24, 2012

T. Boone Pickens wants you to know that if that long-haul truck barreling along the freeway next to you seems quieter, no, your mind isn't playing tricks on you. It's a good bet the truck's fueled by liquid natural gas, and you've just witnessed a small part of Pickens' grand, over-arching energy plan.

First Solar Snaps Up Silicon Startup TetraSun

May 21, 2013

For thin-film mega-company First Solar, the two-year crisis caused by the solar module supply glut may be almost over. The largest manufacturer of solar panels in the United States surprised silicon valley by announcing that it will buy startup TetraSun, which makes high-capacity silicon solar cells.

Boeing's Biofuel Breakthrough in the Desert

February 3, 2014

Boeing just announced they've found a breakthrough: halophytes. These plants' seeds can be used to produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks.

Tidal Energy Plants Coming to Florida

June 23, 2014

A Swedish firm is bringing its tidal technology to Florida, where it will build commercial demonstration plants that aim to harness the force of the Gulf Stream.

Integrated CO2 Capture, Transport, and Storage (SECARB) Project

January 13, 2015
In a joint effort between the public and private sector, a demonstration project encompassing the post-combustion capture of CO2 from a coal-fired power plant, and its subsequent pipeline transportation and underground storage is underway in Alabama. Named the SECARB project (for Southeast Region Carbon Sequestration Partnership), the details and results of the project were outlined by Gerald Hill.

Solar City's New PV Module Hits World Record

October 9, 2015

SolarCity has quickly moved from buying late-stage solar module startup Silevo a year ago to claiming production of "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module efficiency exceedi

US Navy Green Fleet Makes Biofuels the New Normal

January 29, 2016
The US Navy's biofuel program has just launched a great success with the Great Green Fleet, which is fueled with a drop-in blend of biofuel from beef tallow and petroleum-based fuel.

Production of Biofuels from Giant Miscanthus [On Location]

March 18, 2011

The plant giant miscanthus (GM), a grass of Japanese origins, is proving to be a viable contender for a land-efficient biomass source of biofuels. A patented hybrid has been developed that can yield 25 tons/acre (5 times more that switchgrass), and produces a bio-oil that can be used as boiler fuel, further processed into other fuels or value added products, or reformed to generate hydrogen.

New Tech Allows Solar Cells to Be Printed on Paper

July 13, 2011

Researchers at the MIT have developed materials that make it possible to print photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric. Much like a document in any office, the paper emerges from a printer, but when exposed to light, it generates enough energy to power an LCD clock display.

Bill Gates and Steven Chu Discuss Global Energy Challenges

March 16, 2012

At the ARPA-E 2012 summit recently held just outside Washington, DC, Bill Gates and DOE Secretary Steven Chu sat down and discussed the world's largest energy challenges in front of a large audience. Watch in the window on the right.

Siemens Installs First 6MW Offshore Turbines

February 15, 2013

Five miles off the English coast in choppy 40-foot-deep water, Siemens quickly installed two of their newest 6MW wind turbines in just 24 hours at Gunfleet Sands.

China Doubles Down on New Thorium Reactor

April 11, 2014

As smoggy skies over China thicken into soup and life spans plummet, leaders recently pushed to develop a revolutionary thorium nuclear reactor in only 10 years.

Galvanotropism in the Context of Biomass Pre-treatment

June 21, 2010

The recalcitrance of cellulosic matter has been an active area of research for sometime that has intensified as part of the Department of Energy’s Biomass program. To that end, how many people can comment on the wide variety of approaches that can be taken to investigate recalcitrance? Pretreatment processes are accepted required steps in overall fermentative biomass process schemes.


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