D I S T I L L A T E S
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
November 2003 Newsletter
Editor: Lia Treffman
Where: Wabash River Energy Ltd Gasification
Facility in Terre Haute, Indiana
November 18, 2003
p.m. Leave Indianapolis
4:30 p.m. Arrive at
4:45-6:15 p.m. Tour of
Return to Indianapolis
p.m. Arrive at Indianapolis (we may want to stop for
Please wear pants and closed-toe shoes (you should also
wear socks and a shirt, but I'm sure you knew that)
Car pool arrangements will be made based on reservations with Kevin Keating.
reservations are REQUIRED. Please respond to Kevin Keating at email@example.com or
317-651-1698 with your name, company/school, email address and telephone number.
Space may be limited.
Please Note: Additional
information will be sent to those registered by the above date. Questions
may be directed to Kevin Keating or Tom Leas (firstname.lastname@example.org or
317-232-8945). We look forward to welcoming you.
The AIChE - Indianapolis
Section is scheduled to tour the Wabash River Energy Ltd. (WREL) in West Terre
Haute, Indiana on Tuesday, November 18th. The Terre Haute Section of AIChE
and the student section of the Rose-Hulman AIChE will join us at the plant site
for the tour. We will be leaving Indianapolis at 2:45 PM with an estimated
time of arrival at WREL of 4:30 PM. The Indianapolis car pool location
will be at the downtown Marriott, more to follow.
In order to enter the WREL
plant site, each member must read and fill out two forms, the first is the WREL
Visitor Safety Forms and Rules form, (both the U.S. Citizen and Non-U.S.
Citizen forms are available from Kevin). Fill out only the one appropriate version of
these forms. The second form to be filled out is the WREL Safety
Rules, this form is also available. Having the forms filled out in
advance will save you time upon arrival.
Note that in the spaces asking
"Representing" and "Company" enter; "American Institute of Chemical Engineers".
The "Approved By" space will be filled in by a representative of
Kevin has a map showing how to find the plant if you travel on your own.
Everyone is to enter on Bolton Road through the Cinergy/PSI gate.
Stop at the guard house and the guard will direct you to the Wabash River
Energy Ltd. Administration Building. Travel to the building, the entrance
we want is on the west side, park next to the Administration Building and
proceed to the reception area.
A list of attendee will be
provided to the guard to facilitate entry. Reservations are required by
Tuesday, November 11th, to Kevin Keating (email@example.com,
The WREL tour includes a
presentation before the plant tour. If there is enough interest we may
stop for pizza or dinner in Terre Haute. Estimated time of arrival back in
Indianapolis is 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM depending on dinner plans.
2003/04 Meeting Schedule (including special events)
On On November 1, 2003 Chairman Tom Leas, Past Chairman Alan Schmidt, Vice-Chairman Kevin Keating, and Newsletter Editor Lia Treffman staffed the AIChE booth at the Children’s Museum as part of the National Chemistry Week activities. This year's theme was "Earth's Atmosphere and Beyond."
We used exhibit materials supplied by National Starch. A good, although messy time was had by all. Those of you who didn't participate MISSED OUT on interacting with lots of cute, smart kids.
I even saw several people who could have been clones of our beloved Past Chairman Alan Schmidt.
Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE Chairman
Fuel cells and coal gasification will be highlighted at our next plant tour to be held at the Wabash River Energy Ltd Gasification Facility in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Please plan to join chemical engineers from the AIChE Indianapolis Section as well as the AIChE Terre Haute Section and the Student Chapter at Rose-Hulman for this great opportunity to see some important energy technologies from FuelCell Energy, Global Energy, and ConocoPhillips.
Long-term policy trends (2020-2030) indicate future coal processing will need to have near-zero emissions and the ability for carbon capture with sequestration to address environmental and global warming concerns.
As discussed at the 2003 - Twentieth Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, gasification was considered to be the only technology that can process coal and economically capture carbon dioxide for disposal. The coal is converted to a pressurized syngas consisting mainly of carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
The syngas then passes through a water-gas-shift reactor to yield additional hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide and other contaminates are then separated from the stream to yield a purified hydrogen product, which then can be used by a fuel cell for electric generation. Chemical engineers will be needed to help commercialize these developments.
Thomas E. Leas PE, Chairman of the AIChE
Advance Notice: AIChE Spring Meeting April 25-29, 2004 - New Orleans, LA
The AIChE Spring Meeting scheduled for April 25-29, 2004 in New
Orleans, LA, will cover the following areas of interest:
and will also address important issues including:
- Process Intensification and Microreaction Technology
- Fuel Cells
- IT Applications in the CPI
- Green Chemical Engineering
- Heat and Mass Transfer in Emerging Energy Systems
- Loss Prevention
- Ethylene Producers Conference
- Natural Gas Utilization
- Refinery Processing
- The Profession in Transition
- Chemical Entrepreneurism
For more information, visit their website at www.aiche.org/spring.
- Hydrogen, Automotive Applications and Sustainability
- Natural Gas Pricing and Supply in North America
- Liquid Natural Gas
- Separations and Membranes
- Heat and Mass Transfer in Nuclear Systems, Micro Channels and Bio-Systems.
AIChE Executive Committee
Indianapolis Section, 2003-2004