August 14th, 2014

New “Bird-Friendly” Wind Turbines Come to California

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
A computer simulation.

New “shrouded” wind turbines near San Francisco will be tested to determine if they are less lethal to birds and bats than traditional turbines. Plus, they’re more efficient than similar-sized turbines on the market.

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July 24th, 2014

Starting Up the World’s First Retrofitted Carbon Capture Coal Plant

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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When SaskPower’s carbon capture plant is fully operational, it will capture 1 million tons of CO2 a year – about 95% – and have a 110 MW-generating capacity.

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July 14th, 2014

AIChE Apprentice Takes on Potable Water Challenge

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Drinking Water

Alex Avram, a chemical engineering PhD student at UARK who recently joined the three-year AIChE Apprenticeship Program, describes his plans to help communities gain access to potable water.

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July 11th, 2014

Electricity and the Environment

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Fossil fuels will continue to play an important part in electricity generation, and this opens the doors for many opportunities for young chemical engineers.

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June 18th, 2014

Should Greenhouse Gasses Be “Petrified” in Rock?

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
Basalt formation

Among the many scenarios for capturing greenhouse gasses, one of the most novel is “petrifying” it in basalt formations. But is it practical?

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May 30th, 2014

Low-Cost Battery an Answer to Solar Storage?

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
Solar panels and sun

A California-based company recently unveiled a new low-cost battery that it claims can compete with the lowest-cost energy storage available.

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May 28th, 2014

Women in Chemical Technology:
Mary Ellen Ternes, Environmental Lawyer

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Mary Ellen Ternes
This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Women in Chemical Technology

Meet Mary Ellen Ternes, a chemical engineer who now works as an environmental lawyer. Hear the story of her early days working as a chemical engineer in the field and the challenges she faced.

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May 14th, 2014

Bringing Biotech Savvy to Big League Oil-Enhanced Recovery

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Glori Energy’s AERO System improves water-flooded well production by pumping nutrients to native but dormant microbes. They grow, knocking loose stranded crude.

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May 8th, 2014

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

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AIChE's Lucy Alexander presented the Purdue University team with the YCOSST P3 award.

Purdue’s Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants’ ability to purify air.

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May 6th, 2014

Challenges for Water Reuse in Hydraulic Fracturing Wells

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)

Of the many issues confronting the boom in formation fracturing processes at natural gas and shale oil well heads, water use and reuse are among the most important. Todd Langford of GE Power & Water presented an overview of these challenges and current solutions.

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