Texas is poised to be a leader in producing hydrogen for the next generation of electrically powered vehicles, and in the ongoing transition to a cleaner and more efficient energy system, write Drs. Alan Lloyd, a senior research fellow at the Energy Institute, and Michael Webber, deputy director of the Institute, in a new op-ed. As the nation’s largest producer of hydrogen, Texas also has the knowledge and expertise needed to use hydrogen to power turbines to create heat and electricity and as a feedstock in industrial applications such as the production of steel and chemicals, and in the semiconductor industry. The op-ed has been published in the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Rio Grande Guardian, and Texas Monthly. Read more.
Mechanical Engineering Prof. John Goodenough, renowned as co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting batteries for cellphones, electric cars and large-scale energy storage. Dr. Goodenough, along with senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga, detailed his findings in a paper recently published in Energy & Environmental Science. For more, read an article on the Cockrell School of Engineering website, and stories in North American Energy News, the Austin American-Statesman, Gizmodo UK, Electronics Weekly, and Newsweek.
The cheapest and likeliest pathway to a cleaner energy future is one that leverages, not duplicates, the existing electric grid and associated infrastructure, writes Dr. Joshua Rhodes in a new article in The Conversation. Rhodes’ article provides a snapshot of new research he has conducted on what the existing electric grid is worth, what it would cost to replace it, and which technologies are best suited for needed investment. Rhodes based his analysis on calculations derived from a variety of public reports, and estimates for new construction and standard approaches for estimating depreciation. From there, he quantified the value of the nation’s assets for power generation, transmission and distribution. For more, read the entire article, which also has been published in the San Antonio Express-News, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Gate, the Albany (NY) Times-Union, and Salon.
Winning entrants in an energy research poster competition organized by the Longhorn Energy Club during this year’s UT Energy Week picked up $1,000 in four categories: Fossil Fuels and Byproducts, Environmental and Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Storage, and Energy Economics, Law and Policy. All told, more than 30 students participated in the contest. Posters covered a wide range of topics, including development of higher energy density batteries and understanding how air pollution forms from unconventional sources of emissions. Read more or watch a video.
More than 1,000 people attended UT Energy Week 2017, an annual gathering of experts from academia, industry, government, regulatory agencies and nonprofit organizations, to discuss and debate topical energy issues and recent research findings.
The conference, now in its third year, is hosted by the Energy Institute, the KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business, and two student-run organizations – the Longhorn Energy Club and the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL) – along with support from schools and colleges across the UT Austin campus engaged in energy-related research. [Read more…]