Energy Institute Deputy Director Michael Webber and UT Austin Chemical Engineering Professor David Allen conducted back-to-back presentations to a packed room of scientists, researchers, journalists and others at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Chicago on Feb. 14. [Read more…]
Robert Fares, a graduate student in UT Austin’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, is tackling one of the most complex and vexing challenges facing power grid operators today: how to cost-effectively balance supply and demand for electricity. Working with Professor Michael Webber, Fares is studying a promising technology, known as battery vanadium redox flow. Read more about their work and see the article published in Applied Energy.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have developed new biofuels from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. The yeast produces oils and fats known as lipids that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products. Chemical Engineering Professor Hal Alper calls the cell-based platform “a renewable version of sweet crude” because the yeast grows on sugars. The work was published in Nature Communications on Jan. 20.
AUSTIN, Texas — A new study finds that in Texas, the U.S. state that annually generates the most electricity, the transition from coal to natural gas for electricity generation is saving water and making the state less vulnerable to drought. Read more about the new study by Bridget Scanlon of UT Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology.
The U.S. Department Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program and Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education are seeking students interested in building and showcasing scientific research, communication and leadership skills to promote geothermal energy as a player in the nation’s renewable energy future. [Read more…]
Academic institutions such as The University of Texas at Austin serve an essential role in furthering scientific research that can help drive the commercialization of transformative products and services, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz during a visit to Austin on Thursday. [Read more…]
Dr. Thomas F. Edgar, director of UT Austin’s Energy Institute and a longtime chemical engineering professor, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Edgar is one of four professors from UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering to be elected to the prestigious academy this year – the highest number of new members elected among universities from across the United States. For more, read the university’s press release.