UT Austin Energy Bulletin
A Monthly Update from the Energy Institute of The University of Texas at Austin
|The UT Austin Energy Bulletin is a monthly update on energy-related research, recent and upcoming events, grants, awards and special announcements – a recap of all things energy at The University of Texas at Austin.
Energy Institute, Longhorn Energy Club to host inaugural UT Energy Week February 16 – 20
Texas Railroad Commission Chair Christi Craddick and CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby will share their views on emerging trends and technologies in today’s rapidly changing energy world during the first annual UT Energy Week, February 16 – 20. The conference program is designed to stimulate debate among experts from academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations on a wide variety of energy issues. The event, co-hosted by the university’s Energy Institute and student-led Longhorn Energy Club, also showcases the work of scientists, engineers and others engaged in energy research across the UT Austin campus. Learn more and register.
LBJ School of Public Affairs students identify challenges to cutting global greenhouse gases
A group of graduate students in UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs has produced an impressive series of papers and studies on the implementation of challenges related to efforts to reduce greenhouse gases across the globe. The project, supervised by Professor Josh Busby, identifies some of the important barriers and opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gases in the world’s major economies as scientists and other researchers across the globe ready for the next round of climate negotiations. For more, read two-page executive summaries of each paper.
New Report finds local market conditions and policies strongly influence PV pricing
As installations of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have expanded rapidly over the past decade, there has been a substantial decline in PV system prices. That said, local market conditions and policies, as well as the system size, can lead to dramatic differences in what U.S. consumers pay to install solar systems on their homes or businesses, according to a new study published by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. UT Austin Professor Varun Rai contributed to the report, which also included researchers from Yale University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more, read the press release and full report.
UT Energy Symposium kicks off eighth semester
Chemical Engineering Professor Brian Korgel will discuss the latest advancements in PV technologies on Thursday, February 5 as a featured guest speaker for this spring’s UT Energy Symposium. This semester marks the eighth installment of the symposium, the popular lecture series sponsored by the Energy Institute that is held on Thursday evenings in Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302) from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Ongoing themes for the UT ES include climate change policy, innovation and diffusion of energy technologies, low-carbon options, and behavioral aspects of energy consumption. Go here to learn more about the symposium and see a full schedule of speakers and presentations.
Webber Energy Group holds annual research symposium
Engineering Professor Michael Webber provided an opportunity for students participating in the Webber Energy Group to present their work at his annual research symposium, held January 13 – 14 on the UT Austin campus. Featured research topics – including flared gas for water treatment in shale production, wind and solar energy for desalination, integrated thermal and water storage in homes, and advanced digital communications for energy literacy – reflected the group’s focus on four broad areas: the energy-water nexus, energy systems modeling, alternative transportation fuels and the nexus of food, waste & energy. For more visit the Webber Energy Group’s website.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“UT Energy Week is a great opportunity to highlight the tremendous depth of expertise and world-class research taking place at UT Austin, the premier energy research university in the U.S.”
Energy Institute Director Dr. Thomas F. Edgar on the first annual UT Energy Week.
Annual Workshop on Electrochemistry
Experts in engineering, materials science and electrochemistry will gather in Austin February 7 – 8, 2015 to discuss cutting-edge electrochemical science issues during the Annual Workshop on Electrochemistry, sponsored by UT Austin’s Center for Electrochemistry. The two-day symposium will feature technical presentations from invited speakers that focus on specific electrochemical research topics in four sessions: Electrochemical Sensors, Understanding Electrocatalysis through DFT: What’s Right and Wrong with this Approach?, CO2 Reduction and Energy Conversion and Storage. Go here to learn more about this event and register.
UT Energy Week
Register now for the first annual UT Energy Week, a gathering of experts from academia, industry, government and the non-profit world. A cross-section of panelists’ perspectives will discuss recent research findings and debate emerging trends in today’s rapidly energy world. UT Energy Week is co-hosted by the Energy Institute, the student-led Longhorn Energy Club and nine colleges and schools engaged in energy related research across the UT Austin campus. For more, see the conference program or register.