Sustainability & Environment


AIChE Credential for Sustainability Professionals

The AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) is launching a program that offers engineers and other qualified professionals a specialized Credential in sustainability. The IfS is well positioned to establish a baseline definition of what Sustainability entails, as well as to establish a Body of Knowledge (BOK) in the field of sustainability.

Institute for Sustainability (IfS)

IfS is an umbrella organization encompassing a broad spectrum of activities related to sustainability. It has three sub-entities: the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF), the Center for Sustainable Technology Practices (CSTP), and the Youth Council on Sustainability Science and Technology (YCOSST). It also provides oversight to the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm).

Environmental Division (ENV)

The ENV division provides relevant programs on current environmental topics and non-confidential information concerning all aspects of environmental activity. The division promotes publication of papers of interest to chemical engineers in environmental activities as well as coordinates the Institute’s activities with other related societies.

Lignin? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Lignin! Statoil's New Biofuel Feedstock-- Seaweed

July 22, 2011

In the race to develop greener energy, no self-respecting global oil company wants to be left behind. They're already bulking up on natural gas. Recently, French oil major Total has invested in solar cell maker SunPower; meanwhile Shell, Exxon, and Chevron have invested hundreds of millions in biofuel technology, and BP has added biofuels to wind.

Comparison of Ceramic and Polymeric Membranes for Micro- and Ultrafiltration

October 26, 2011

Katie Guerra, P.E., of the Bureau of Reclamation reported on her efforts to put to the test the common assumptions that ceramic micro- and ultrafiltration systems, though more robust and forgiving, have such a high capital cost that polymeric membrane systems provide a lower total operating cost advantage.

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.

Malware Infects Gulf of Mexico Offshore Rigs

March 7, 2013

Employees have inadvertently exposed vulnerabilities in network security that pose serious long-term threats. It's far too easy to imagine a worst case scenario: targeted cyber attacks, a blowout, or a spill.

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.

How Desalination Created Modern Qatar

December 16, 2015

Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and in Qatar's case, 2

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 first company to i

Ultracapacitor Technology Promises more Viable Electric Car

May 4, 2011

Not unlike the cell phone and laptop, the electric car has long been haunted by one question in particular: exactly how long until it's time to plug it in again? And the other big factor: cost. But one startup thinks it has the answer.

Self-Cleaning Buildings

September 19, 2011

As society continues to evolve and it becomes more of struggle to find spare time to do daily chores like cooking and cleaning, wouldn't it be nice if things simply cleaned themselves?

“All of the Above” Energy Sustainability

November 13, 2012

Not only can new developments in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) make fossil energy more sustainable and environmentally friendly, they also have the potential to revolutionize enhanced oil recover (EOR).

Electrospun Nanofiber Films for Biomimicry [On Location]

December 18, 2013

Conventional asymmetrical membrane structures cause severe mass transfer limitations, so future membrane designs need to focus on mimicking the functionality and specificity of biological membrane systems.

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

Abqaiq Plant Virtual Plant RTO Implementation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Abqaiq Plant Virtual Plant RTO Implementation Abstract Abqaiq Plant is the largest worldwide crude stabilization plant with $200MM energy consumption...

Technical Entity Trends: Water – We Can’t Live Without It

Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
Our essential physical functions — breathing, digestion, muscle movement, etc. — cannot take place without water. It is our most vital and precious resource. However, water-related problems have persisted throughout history, endangering the safety...

Biorefinery Process Economics

SBE Special Section
Gregory M. Bohlmann
With oil and natural gas prices surging, bio-based feedstocks are becoming increasingly competitive. This article examines, in depth, the technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery concept.

Environmental Law for Chemical Engineers

Back To Basics
Mary Ellen Ternes
A basic understanding of environmental law is beneficial for all chemical engineers. Learn how laws are proposed, made, and implemented, and ways to avoid incurring unnecessary penalties.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Technology Integration Challenges

Special Section
Jared P. Ciferno, John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be an important part of the transition to lower-carbon energy sources. However, widespread integration of CCS with existing power-generation plants and technologies — on a commercial scale and in a cost-...

Nanomaterials: What are the Environmental and Health Impacts?

Critical Issues
Nastassja Lewinski
As with previous emerging technologies, there have been uncertainties and concerns about the environmental and health risks associated with nanotechnology. This article reviews some of the ongoing efforts to better understand and characterize...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Navigating the Legal Landscape

Special Section
Arnold W. Reitze Jr., Mary Ellen Ternes
A legal framework governing carbon sequestration will need to be put in place before major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects can get underway. A final rule issued under the Safe Drinking Water Act sets minimum requirements, but this is just...

A Renewable Route to Propylene Glycol

News Feature
Suzanne Shelley
Rapid expansion in biodiesel production has spurred a bumper crop of competing processes to turn byproduct glycerin into propylene glycol.

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage - Demonstrating CCS Integration

Special Section
Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, P.E., P.G.
The largest, fully integrated process for separating CO2 from fluegas and compressing it to a supercritical fluid, transporting the CO2 by pipeline, and injecting the CO2 into a saline reservoir is now underway at the Plant Barry generating station...

Technical Entity Trends: Trash and the City

Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
New York City, the city AIChE and some 8.5 million people call home, has a dirty little secret. Actually, it’s pretty big: New Yorkers generate over 3 million tons of residential waste per year, most of which is transported by long-haul trucks to...

Energy Supplement: Carbon Capture and Storage (Full 24-Page Supplement)

Special Section
Daniel Brantley, Jared P. Ciferno, Richard A. Esposito, Nick Irvin, Arnold W. Reitze, Jr., John J. Marano, Ronald K. Munson, John Shafer, Mary Ellen Ternes
Technology Integration Challenges; Navigating the Legal Landscape; Characterizing a Geologic Formation; Demonstrating CCS Integration

CCUS: Utilizing CO2 to Reduce Emissions

On The Horizon
Marcius Extavour, Paul Bunje
Converting carbon dioxide emissions into valuable products is an exciting concept for the chemical processing industries (CPI).

Leveraging Energy Management for Water Conservation

Critical Issues
Sharon Nolen, P.E.
Growing concerns about the availability of clean water are driving companies to include water conservation in their sustainability initiatives. Instead of reinventing the wheel, adapt your energy-management program for water conservation.

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

Towards Engineering Advanced Vanadium Flow Battery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 7, 2013
Flow batteries were specifically invented by electric utilities in the 1960’s to store large amounts of electricity in a safe and practical way. The...

Project Execution Using the Stage Gate Process

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 4, 2013
In recent years more and more projects are being executed effectively using the “Stage Gate” process. This presentation provides an overview of the...

Technical Entity Trends: When Resources are Few

Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander
The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus, a concept that describes the interdependence of the world’s complex resource systems, has been drawing much interest and activity in the sustainability community recently. The food-energy-water nexus approach (or...

Technical Entity Trends: Reducing GHGs through CCUS

Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
With a goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C above preindustrial levels, representatives from 195 countries met in Paris last year for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The participants negotiated the Paris...

Specifying Vessels for High-Pressure Dust Collectors

Environmental Management
Todd Russelburg
ASME codes and standards govern the design, fabrication, testing and certification of high-pressure dust collector vessels. This article will assist you in working with a code vessel designer and/or manufacturer.

Technical Entity Trends: Welcome to the TENT

Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Alexander, Derrick Wu
Welcome to Technical Entity Trends (TENT), a new monthly CEP column written by the staff of AIChE’s Technical Entities (TEs). The TEs are communities of chemical engineers and other professionals that address some of society’s grand challenges:...

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

November, 2013
Green Chemistry and Engineering presents the green approach as an essential tool for tacking problems in chemistry. This text covers introductory concepts in general, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry as well as biochemistry.


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