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Center for Energy Initiatives (CEI)

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

Solar Panel Pyramids

September 26, 2011
Lunar Cubit was designed for Abu Dhabi just outside Masdar City , which will be the world's first zero carbon city . Both art and technology, Lunar Cubit provides solar energy to...

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

August 16, 2013
Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.

Incandescent Bulb Reengineered for Efficiency

January 12, 2016
Researchers have found a way to funnel some of the incandescent bulb's wasted energy back into light production, boosting efficiency to a level that is comparable with current...

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...

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-...

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...

Managing Water Treatment Risks in Refining

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
Against the backdrop of global water scarcity, the industrial sector is the fastest growing source of water consumption. If current trends persist,...

Steam System Control and Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:00am-9:30am
Control of the overall steam system in a refinery or a large petrochemical plant can be one of the most difficult automation challenges, yet one of...

Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenols and Derivatives to Aromatics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:30pm-3:55pm
Phenols and substituted phenols can be produced from depolymerization of lignin, as we presented before at the AIChE conferences [1-2]. Hydrogenation...

Oil Field Additives and Ethylene Feedstock Contaminants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:35pm-3:25pm
The shale gas revolution has fueled dramatic growth in the North American petrochemicals marketplace, sparking expansions and new construction on a...

Analysis of Energy Consumption in Industrial Distillation Columns

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:15am-10:45am
Distillation is the commonly applied separation process in the chemical process industry as heat is used as the non-contaminating separating agent...

Cellulosic Ethanol Production through Chemical Detoxification

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:30am-9:00am
Cellulosic ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass offers a sustainable solution for transition from fossil based fuels to renewable...

Save Energy without Investing Capital

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:00am-8:30am
It is hard to get excited about saving energy during periods when energy prices are low, because the return on investment for energy efficiency...

Boiler Emissions Reduction through Humid Combustion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
This presentation will compare conventional emissions abatement techniques with alternative options utilizing direct contact heat exchangers, which...

Advances in Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Analytics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Big data is a hot topic in many commercial and industrial applications, and it also applies to the operation of refineries and petrochemical plants...

Beyond Implications on a Golden Age of Natural Gas in Korea

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:00pm-2:00pm
South Korea is one of the top energy importers in the world where relies on fuel imports for about 97% of its primary energy demand because the...

CFD Modeling of Air Emissions from Controlled Flare Tests

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
Although significant progress has been made in developing technologies capable of measuring flare efficiencies and emissions in situ, essential...

Integrating Wastewater Reuse with Seawater Desalination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
Freshwater shortages are forcing industrial customers to rethink water supply options. Industrial facilities located near oceans or saline aquifers...

Refinery Power Outages-Caues, Costs & Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Unplanned refinery shutdowns hit company earnings two ways: lost production and potential liabilities for excess flaring and unsafe operations. In...

Risk Assessment for a Gas and Liquid Hydrogen Fueling Station

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have been developed for years to cut dependence on fossil fuel and significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions toward a...

The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Opportunities to improve plant performance and thus enhance energy efficiency across the CPI fall into four main categories: operational improvements...
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