White Paper - The Evolving Energy Ecosystem: Federal Organizational Recommendations
The energy ecosystem, and the political and regulatory environment in which it operates, is evolving quickly, with new suppliers, delivery methods, and energy sources, and new relationships developing amongst all of these players. In addition, the federal government has renewed their engagement in the Paris agreement, and has made clear the seriousness with which the U.S. will combat climate change. The implication of pursuing a whole of government approach begs the question: How should the federal government be organized to most effectively contribute to, partner, as well as lead the needed energy system transition within its different roles? This whitepaper, authored by SEI Executive Director Tim Lieuwen and former DOE Deputy Undersecretary for Science and Energy Andy Cohen, considers implications of this question on the US Department of Energy.
Read "The Evolving Energy Ecosystem: Federal Organizational Recommendations."

White Paper - Fuels of the Future: Chemical Energy Carriers for a Decarbonized Economy
SEI Executive Director Tim Lieuwen and Georgia Tech Professor Matthew Realff argue that federal research and development funding for expediting the decarbonization of energy should leverage existing infrastructure to minimize costs and speed the decarbonization of the energy sector.
Read "Fuels of the Future: Chemical Energy Carriers for a Decarbonized Economy."

White Paper on Cybersecurity and Energy Infrastructure
The Strategic Energy Institute and the Institute for Information Security and Privacy have released a new whitepaper providing solutions for the inevitability of cybersecurity attacks on our energy infrastructure.
Read "Preparing for the Inevitable: Cybersecurity Attacks on our Energy Infrastructure."

Separations Technology

Green Engineering Principle #3 - Design for Separation
Matthew J. Realff, ChBE Professor and David Wang Sr. Fellow​
American Chemistry Society
Separation and purification operations should be designed to minimize energy consumption and materials use. Read more

Interfacial Microfluidic Processing of Metal-organic Framework Hollow Fiber Membranes
Andrew J. Brown, Nicholas A. Brunelli, Kiwon Eum, Fereshteh Rash, J. R. Johnson, William J. Koros, Christopher W. Jones, Sankar Nair
Science 4 July 2014:
Vol. 345 no. 6192 pp. 72-75
DOI: 10.1126/science.1251181
Membranes for gas separation require a combination of high surface area and selective transport pathways. Brown et al. present a potentially scalable route for making high-quality gas separation membranes in a high-surface-area configuration. Using two different solvents flowing in opposite directions, a metal-organic framework material was selectively deposited within hollow polymer fibers. The membranes showed high-performance separation capabilities when tested with mixtures of hydrocarbon gases. ​Read more.