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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

Metal-Adeninate Porous Materials for Selective CO2 Capture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
We describe a new class of porous metal-adeninate crystalline materials. We describe the syntheses of these materials and discuss strategies for...

Technologies for Enhancing Refinery Gas Value

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
The trend of processing heavy and sour crude is resulting in 'fuel long' refineries which seek to export energy in the form of refinery fuel gas or...

Stripper Configurations for CO2 Capture by Aqueous Amines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
A monumental task for improving the feasibility of carbon capture from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants is reducing the total energy cost. A...

Oxygen/Combustible Safeguards in Low Nox Fired Heaters

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Refineries have been installing low NOx equipment on their fired heaters in response to tighter environmental regulation. Low NOx burners minimize...

Deployment of ZeaChem's Sustainable Biorefinery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Increased emphasis is being placed on renewable, sustainable, domestic forms of energy, including transportation fuels, at national, state and local...

Successful Energy Stewardship

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
An energy stewardship program, aimed at driving energy efficiencies from no-cost operational improvements has been implemented with considerable...

Timeline of Sabine Pass LNG Terminal

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
This paper describes on a month by month basis the timeline of milestones accomplished in Conceptual design, Front End Engineering Design (FEED) both...

Advances in Renewable Jet Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Use of aviation fuel currently corresponds to 2-3% of the total fossil fuels used worldwide, or 13% of fossil fuel used in transportation fuel...

Revamp Fired Heater to Maximize Thermal Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Fired heaters are in the refining and petroleum industry. In the current scenario, it is important to maximize fired heater efficiency to the maximum...

Improved Energy Efficiency in CDUs Through Fouling Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Crude oil distillation accounts for a large fraction of the energy used in oil refining. Crude oil contains a variety of substances which tend to...

Enterprise Inventory Management in Volatile Markets

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Hydrocarbon and other commodity prices are increasingly volatile due to factors which include speculation, reduced inventory and a lack of spare...

Loop Tuning Basics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
There are many methods to tune PID controllers. This presentation provides a tutorial on tuning PID process controllers using Internal Model Control...

Flare Minimization at LNG Receiving Terminal

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
The LNG (liquefied natural gas) receiving terminal is an important sector of the entire LNG value chain. The handling of boil-off gas (BOG) during...

Advances in LNG Expander Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
The first use of cryogenic liquefied gas expanders dates back to the late nineties. The proven advantages of incorporating liquid expanders in the...

Variability, Inventory Uncertainty and Supply Chains

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
This session will develop a fundamental understanding of how cycle time variation in stages of a supply chain propagates into measures of overall...

Does Your SIS System Still Comply with Your LOPA and SRS?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
It is often assumed that a SIS system forever meets all the SIS requirements of the project Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and Safety System...

Plasma Reforming of E85 for Hydrogen Rich Gases Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
E85 (85 vol.% ethanol and 15 vol.% gasoline) is a partly renewable fuel, which is commercially available in gas stations. Hydrogen rich gas...

Mercury Control with Regenerative Activated Coke Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Many issues face coal fired utilities with respect to environmental demands, some based on regulations and others based on local pressures. These...

Environmental Law and Regulation 101

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
This presentation will provide a summary of each of the primary environmental regulatory programs, including air, water, waste and emergency planning...

Maintaining MPC Benefits for Years: No Myth

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
MPC software companies and their customers can sustain and increase the benefits from MPC solutions by forming effective maintenance strategies. This...

KPI Controls for Major Refinery Units

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions are recognized as a process industry best practice and proven investment opportunity in many industries,...

New Technology Enhances Model Predictive Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
The standard way of testing a process causes the configuration and tuning of the PID control system for the process to be embedded in the model...

Carbon Capture and Storage - Can CCS Be a Viable Business?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been characterized as the technology that can jump start mitigation of greenhouse gases until new, less carbon...

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...

History of the Development of LNG Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 18, 2008
LNG started with the peak-shaving LNG plants in the USA. This is followed by the international interest of transporting LNG across the ocean for...

Concentrating Solar Thermal Overview

July
2017
Special Section
Jeff Cumpston, Alexander Mitsos
Concentrating solar thermal (CST) technology can be used to generate electricity, desalinate water, and more. Find out how CST works and the role chemical engineers can play.

Leveraging the Ammonia Industry for Solar Energy Storage

July
2017
Special Section
Keith Lovegrove, Adrienne Lavine, Hamarz Aryafar, Chen Chen
Concentrating solar power (CSP) with energy storage could help meet our zero-emission energy needs. This article explains how the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia synthesis could be used for low-cost energy storage in CSP plants.

Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage

July
2017
Special Section
Nick AuYeung, Peter Kreider
Thermochemical energy storage could be the key to widespread concentrating solar power (CSP) deployment.

May 2017 CEP Preview

May 8, 2017
Understand the pros & cons of modular design, learn to optimize compressed air systems, reduce produce contamination, and more.

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