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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.

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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

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.

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...

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...

The Sustainability Discipline

March 10, 2010
For a chemical engineer, I spend a lot of time with architects. I enjoy acquainting myself with people from different backgrounds who can provide a refreshing look to my own...

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...

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.

Deepwater Wind to Install First US Offshore Wind

July 15, 2016
Developer Deepwater Wind is on the verge of launching the first offshore wind farm in the US. Later this fall, w hen its five turbines finally power up off the coast of Rhode...

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.

Electric Buses a Hit in Southern California

May 1, 2015
One South Carolina company is popularizing the battery-powered bus to great success in Southern California, pushing polluting, diesel-fueled buses off the streets.

Trouble at Japan's First Nuclear Restart

August 27, 2015
Four years after Japan locked down nuclear power in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant and forced 160,000 people...

January 2016 CEP Preview

January 15, 2016
BUSINESS Navigating Oil Price Volatility After several years of stability, oil prices plummeted to record lows in mid-2014. This, along with increased natural gas production in...

Houston's SURGE Energy Accelerator Wants You!

December 11, 2012
Open to companies from all over the world, Surge is the only accelerator in the U.S. focused completely on energy software. It's now accepting applications for its second spring...

U.S. Is World Energy Top Dog in 2013

October 9, 2013
According to recent statistics, the US will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas in 2013.

My Neighborhood Radioactive Waste Dump

February 22, 2016
Like so many of us, I jog through my neighborhood in pursuit of 10,000 steps a day. My urban journey through Queens, NY, is a slow blur of delis, liquor marts, and grocery stores...

Bioconversion of Methane

April 29, 2014
Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don't need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at...

Greener Use of Fossil Fuels: Lithium from Coal

March 27, 2015
Geologists from the Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, China have devised a plan to extract the lithium previously discovered in coal deposits in the northern part of the...

Bill Hauhe Discusses the Business Side of LNG

April 12, 2016
Bill Hauhe, retired general manager at Chevron, delivered Tuesday morning's keynote at the 2016 Spring Meeting in Houston. His talk was titled "Commercial Aspects of the LNG Value...

Worldwide Electric-Car Charging Network Ramps Up

August 5, 2016
As new electric vehicles (EVs) begin to flood the world's roads and highways, sold by a global who's-who of traditional car makers, it's important to remember that Nissan was the...

New Prize Competitions Announced

July 30, 2010
In an update to " Prizes...the Future of Innovation? ," new prize competitions have been announced by the X PRIZE Foundation and NASA in which chemical engineers can potentially...

Energy Challenges and Successes

February 8, 2011
Crafting energy policy is a challenging balancing act. Even with the global and grassroots organizations across the globe pushing for cleaner fuels, bio-based fuels, and renewable...

Marcellus Shale Gas Volume in Question

August 31, 2011
The latest debate over Marcellus shale gas isn't about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but over how much gas there is to be removed. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently...

UCLA's New DIY Micro-Supercapacitor

March 8, 2013
UCLA professor Richard Kaner and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student, have just fabricated a micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitor, using a simple DVD burner.

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