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.
Nuclear research reactor enables world-class experiments
As the centerpiece of the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory, the TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor allows UT Austin scientists and students to conduct cutting edge nuclear research. Read more.
Registration climbing for new online energy course
More than 27,000 students worldwide have registered for UT Austin Professor Michael Webber’s new online course, “Energy 101: Energy Technology and Policy,” one of nine inaugural Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that will debut in the fall semester of 2013. Go here to read more about Energy 101 and here to watch an introductory video and register for the course.
EDF’s Jim Marston: clean energy a good deal for Texas electricity consumers
Environmental Defense Fund’s Jim Marston argues that clean energy has lowered electricity prices and created jobs in Texas. Marston, a member of the Energy Institute’s Advisory Board, also sits on the External Advisory Committee to the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) project at UT Austin. Read Marston’s entire op-ed, as originally published in The Dallas Morning News.
UT faculty participate in report identifying role of natural gas in reducing carbon emissions
UT Austin’s Michael Webber and Fred Beach contributed chapters in a new report by the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) that details how increased use of natural gas can help reduce U.S. greenhouse emissions. It also identifies some possible growth trajectories for natural gas consumption in the U.S. Read more about the C2ES report on the McCombs School of Business Texas Enterprise website and view a video from the C2ES press conference.
UT Austin team hosts Formula Sun Grand Prix
The UT Austin Solar Vehicles Team finished sixth among 10 U.S. collegiate teams and one Canadian university competing in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix, held June 24-29 at the Circuit of The Americas complex in Austin. As the host for this year’s event, UT Austin raced its newest solar car, the TexSun. Read more from the Cockrell School of Engineering site.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“ … just because gas is abundant and cheap doesn’t mean we should surrender our state’s position as a clean-energy leader.”
A Thirst for Power: The Global Nexus of Energy and Water | Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society | August 6
Energy and water are precious global resources, and they are interconnected. For this talk, Engineering Professor Michael Webber will share his unique perspective on the global nexus of energy and water, while offering insights into emerging trends as the backdrop for technical and policy options that could mitigate challenges facing society. Go here to learn more and register.
Renewable Energy Markets Conference | September 22-24
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will present the keynote address at this year’s Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin. The three-day event, attended by leaders from federal and state governments, large corporate purchasers, leading utilities and electricity generators and marketers from around the world, features more than 25 sessions and 75 speakers relating to the current state of affairs and future prospects in renewable energy markets. Read more about the conference or register here.
Munich/Austin Energy (Ex)Change Conference | October 1-2
Leaders from Austin, Texas and Munich, Germany will share insights on their status as regional centers of energy innovation and sustainability at this two-day conference on the UT Austin campus. Participants will explore the prospects for future sustainable urban areas and discuss how to translate their successes to other regions. Go here to learn more and register.
SXSW Eco | October 7-9
After just two years, SXSW Eco quickly has established itself as a leading platform for connecting thought leaders and decision makers to solve complex challenges facing society, the economy and the natural world. The three-day event, sponsored in part by the Clean Energy Incubator at UT’s Austin Technology Incubator, offers unique networking opportunities for passionate and pragmatic professionals in the public, private and academic sectors. Register here.