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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

A Different Kind of Hybrid

April 9, 2010
The power-generating abilities of solar arrays are vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters, such as clouds and nighttime; whereas fossil fuel -based plants suffer from...

Hess Is Latest Oil Company to Jettison Refineries

March 27, 2012
Looking for predictable profits in services, the Hess Corporation recently announced the launch of Hess Energy Solutions, which offers long term energy management for commercial...

Challenge Question: Specific Heats [Solved]

September 4, 2012
So, are the heated sidewalks a good choice for the snowy Montana town? Check out the solution, provided by Vinith Bejugam of the University of Arkansas.

New Global LNG Projects Picking Up Momentum

January 15, 2013
A decade ago the world expected to be at the mercy of a gas cartel run by Russia, Iran, and Qatar. Today, gas discoveries and LNG projects around the world have shifted fates...

Using Behavioral Science to Lower Energy Bills

June 18, 2013
In January, Opower achieved a milestone: achieving two terawatt hours of energy savings — enough to take all the homes in a city the size of Sacramento off the electric grid for a...

Who Popped the LNG Gas Bubble?

July 3, 2014
No doubt about it, there had been signs of an " overbuild ," and the liquefaction market had displayed bubbliciousness, but Vladimir Putin will probably hog all the credit for...

iPhone-Stalking Elon Musk's Tesla Model 3 Launch

April 6, 2016
Elon Musk's live-stream from the Tesla Design Center in Hawthrone, California, is about to start. The stage is dark, but the noisy acoustics don't lie. As the excitement in the...

Viatimin B2 Inspires Flow Battery Discovery

July 26, 2016
Inspired by vitamin B2, researchers at Harvard have discovered a entire new class of high-performing organic molecules that can be used in flow batteries to store electricity from...

Solar Power Melts Steel

July 28, 2010
This video demonstrates the real power of solar energy. Courtesy of Fatsomus

The New Energy Mix: Abundance and Sustainability?

October 17, 2012
The US’s surge in production of natural gas is by methods that are spreading around the world. As oil begins to be abundant, too, can we have the benefits and still move toward...

The Father of Wind Energy: Meet Henrik Stiesdal

February 25, 2013
Stiesdal, who has 85 patents to his name, has changed Siemens Wind Energy from a regional turbine builder into a global powerhouse, with research and manufacturing centers in...

On Site: North American Student Energy Summit

August 13, 2014
Erin Alderink of the University of Michigan reports on her experience at the North American Student Energy Summit (NASES), as part of her internship in the Washington Internships...

Challenges of the Water-Energy Nexus

March 19, 2015
Next Wednesday (March 25), AIChE, in conjunction with the International Society for Water Solutions and the Center for Energy Initiatives , will present a webinar on the water-...

Scientists Turn Wood into Fuel [Video]

March 3, 2010
Discovery-News.com: Discovery's Tracy Staedter and Matt Danzico visit University of Massachusetts Amherst to learn how biomass gas be transformed into green gasoline. For more...

Bill Gates on Energy

October 11, 2010
Bill Gates shares some interesting thoughts on energy at Ted Talks. This from TEDtalksDirector : At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future,...

Cooking Tortillas With Solar Power in Mexico

December 21, 2012
Under a blazing sun in Mexico's central mountain range, locally made, dish-shaped, solar panels suck up the area's intense light and beam 2000° heat into local kitchens.

The Saudi Oil Glut's Winners and Losers

March 18, 2016
Speaking to a packed auditorium during CERAWeek in Houston, Texas, Saudi Arabia's oil minister laid out the oil crash's cruel math for industry CEOs: first of all, the great oil...

July 2016 CEP Preview

July 19, 2016
In the special energy section this month, CEP looks at hydrogen fuel cells, delving into the technology's obstacles and its potential.

Coke Zero and Mentos Powered Car

June 10, 2010
Guess what you can create with 108 bottles of Coke Zero and 648 mentos? It's EepyBird, a rocket car propelled by the 2 aforementioned products. Throughout the EepyBird Youtube...

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...

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. More from Youtube User PESNetwork : [Here is] a video...

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...

BP's 'Video 2030' Reveals 20-Year Energy Trends

February 17, 2012
Obviously, the US plays a central part in BP's recent 2030 Energy Outlook, but the big story is global prosperity: the growing pressure on global energy supplies by the increasing...

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...

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-...

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...

Let the Bio-Based Isobutanol Gold Rush Begin

August 25, 2015
A four-year legal slugfest over the future of isobutanol is suddenly over. And everyone is still standing, and smiling, except any lawyer who considered the bitter dispute a...
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