Archive:April, 2014

April 30th, 2014

2014 Spring Poster Session: Darin Johnson, Ipex Double-Containment Piping

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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In the US, more than 3,200 hazardous materials listed by the EPA must be conveyed through double-containment pipes.

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April 30th, 2014

Navy Converts Seawater into Fuel

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Researchers have proven that it’s possible to power engines with a cheap and abundant seawater. To prove their point, they flew a model airplane using the new technology.

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April 29th, 2014

Bioconversion of Methane

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don’t need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at Calysta Energy, as reported by their CTO, Dr. Josh Silverman.

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April 28th, 2014

The West Coast LNG Race to Asia Just Started

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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As competing groups pressure the Obama administration about selling US natural gas overseas, the DOE recently authorized exports from a proposed Oregon terminal.

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April 25th, 2014

YPs Tour Abita Brewery’s “Green” Facility

By Elizabeth J. H. Guenther | Comments (0)
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A group of 25 Young Professionals took a break from the AIChE Spring Meeting to take a tour of the Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, LA, and learned more about the green engineering behind the brewery’s operations.

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April 24th, 2014

Stealth Energy Boom Sets Another Texas Power Record

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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On a day late last month, winds energy set a record as output reached 10,296 MW. That day wind provided nearly 29% of the 35,768 MW of electricity flowing on the Texas grid.

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April 23rd, 2014

Electrochemical Processes for Bio-Oil Deoxygenation

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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Biomass fast pyrolysis yields oxygen rich (hydrogen deficient) hydrocarbons of inferior fuel quality. They contain upwards of 40 dry-weight % oxygen, whereas petroleum contains around 1%, so these bio-oils must be upgraded to be rightfully considered a replacement for liquid fossil fuels. Jack Ferrell of NREL’s National bioenergy Center spoke at the Spring Meeting about their program to develop electrochemical hydrodeoxygenation processes.

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April 23rd, 2014

The Small Module Reactor Market Melts Down

By Kent Harrington | Comments (1)
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Danny Roderick, Westinghouse CEO, announced that his firm was calling off R&D for their SMR, which is designed to produce 225 MWe, the new market’s high-end.

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April 22nd, 2014

2014 Spring Poster Session: Deb Grubbe, Near-Miss Management

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)
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During the 2014 Spring Meeting Poster Session in New Orleans, Deb Grubbe of Near-Miss Management took a moment to talk to us about the company’s Dynamic Risk Analyzer.

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April 21st, 2014

Fracking Attracting Increased Interest in Chemical Engineering at NCSU

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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Fracking has brought positive change to the energy industry as well as to many of the chemical engineering programs that support the industry. Recently,  AIChE 2014 Past President Phil Westmoreland and two students from NC State University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering were interviewed by Time Warner Cable […]

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