Archive:May, 2012

May 31st, 2012

Cheap Natural Gas Disrupting Every Energy Sector, Reducing CO2 Emissions

By Kent Harrington | Comments (3)
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Unable to compete against cheaper natural gas power plants, AES Cayuga, a coal-fired power plant on Ohio’s Cayuga Lake’s eastern shore, filed for bankruptcy at the end of 2011. This was another example of a US energy sector quaking from drastically lowered natural gas prices. And as more uncompetitive coal plants close, […]

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May 30th, 2012

Solar Cell Efficiency Record Broken with New “Tandem” Cell

By ChenectedGuest | Comments (1)
Solar Energy Panel

The inefficiencies of previous generation solar cells are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. In collaboration with the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute and Sumitomo Chemical of Japan, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a “tandem” solar cell that increases efficiency to a certified 10.6% by capturing energy in multiple spectra.

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May 29th, 2012

GASFRAC Takes the Water out of Fracking

By Kent Harrington | Comments (2)
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GASFRAC’s technology uses a propane gel which is pumped into the shale, but unlike water, the gel reverts to vapor along with the natural gas. Could this technique ease some of the environmental debates surrounding fracking? Read on to learn more about how its already being used.

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May 25th, 2012

ARPA-E’s Arun Majumdar Shares Energy Innovation Success Stories

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Arun Majumdar, ARPA-E’s Director, gave the Keynote speech at the third annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, where key players from across the energy ecosystem came together to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of clean energy technologies.

Although over 180 companies and universities have received ARPA-E grants, Majumdar […]

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May 24th, 2012

Paul Dauenhauer, UMass Amherst, Delivers High-Yield Bio-Plastics

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Pyromaniacs at UMass Amherst have been on fire lately. In January, George Huber, associate professor of chemical engineering, using non-food biomass, a new catalyst and fast pyrolysis, boosted the yield for five key chemical industry building blocks by 40 percent.  Queuing up quickly in February, Paul Dauenhauer, a prolific UMass chemical engineering […]

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May 23rd, 2012

Spring in Pacific Northwest Marks Annual Student Regional Conference: The Other Moscow

By Alessandra Carreon | Comments (1)
University of Idaho

AIChE held its 2012 Pacific Northwest Student Regional Conference at the University of Idaho (U of I) in Moscow the weekend of Friday, April 27. The event included a student paper competition and a regional ChemE Car competition, among other activities.

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May 22nd, 2012

AIChE Member Peter Spitz Speaks at TedX on Chemical Engineering

By Michelle Sasson | Comments (2)
Peter Spitz at TEDx

In this TEDx Talk, Spitz talks about the renaissance in U.S. manufacturing and the role chemical engineers play it in.

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May 21st, 2012

A New Chemical Boom and Bust Cycle?

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Smart bet, or risky move? Low natural gas prices have been good for Dow Chemical, but some analysts wonder if the boom will lead to an eventual sales bust.

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May 18th, 2012

A Play-by-Play of the Chem-E-Car Competition at the Pacific Northwest Regional Student Conference

By Drew McUsic | Comments (0)
A UI team member preps his car before a run.

Chemical engineering students from the University of Washington and the University of Idaho competed in the ChemE-car competition at the AIChE Pacific Northwest Regional Student Conference in Moscow, ID, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Read on for photos and videos.

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May 18th, 2012

AIChE Apprentices: An Opportunity to Make a Difference

By Arjun Gopalratnam | Comments (0)

This summer, AIChE is launching a new program to empower young professionals to affect the direction of the chemical engineering profession. It will provide opportunities in advocacy/policy work, service projects in the developing world, outreach, and more. Read on for more details.

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