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.
UT Austin researchers included in book tracing groundbreaking U.S. energy innovations
The work of six UT Austin faculty is featured in a new book highlighting the pioneering energy research by U.S. universities and research centers on the country’s economy, security, and environment. Game Changers: Energy on the Move, released in by The Hoover Institution at Stanford University and MIT’s Energy Initiative (MITEI), is the product of a multiyear collaboration that stresses the importance of sustained support for basic energy R&D if the U.S. is to succeed in building a cheaper, cleaner, and more secure national energy system. Read more.
UT Austin receives $12 million to help lower greenhouse gas emissions
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded UT Austin a $12 million grant to fund carbon storage research aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The four-year DOE grant will fund a carbon storage research project at the university’s Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security, led by Engineering Professor Larry W. Lake. Read more.
New research center to focus on energy law and business
UT Austin will create an innovative new center that combines the expertise and resources associated with three existing research units focused on energy law and business. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business will merge the UT School of Law’s Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law; the McCombs School of Business’ Energy Management and Innovation Center; and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Latin American Law. Read more.
UT Austin graduate student takes first prize in Pike Powers Research Fellowship Competition
UT Austin’s Krystian Perez, a second-year Ph.D. student in chemical engineering, was awarded first place in the Pike Powers Research Fellowship Competition, sponsored by the Pecan Street Research Institute. The fellowship was awarded to a student or faculty member of the research consortium who developed the most impactful research using Pecan Street’s unique dataset to answer a question of critical importance to industry. The first place award came with a $10,000 cash prize. Read more.
Nuclear engineers demonstrate prowess through published research, reactor training
UT Austin nuclear engineers exhibited their world-class expertise recently through a series of articles published in prominent scientific journals and by leading training sessions on nuclear safety and security. Read more.
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Emerging decentralized delivery models, barriers to innovation explored at 2014 Austin Electricity Conference
Learning to deal with the variability of electricity supply and demand that comes from increased rooftop solar installations presents unique challenges to power grid managers and local distribution system operators, writes Dave Tuttle, a Ph.D. student in UT Austin’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Read Tuttle’s blogs from the panel discussion.
2014 Solar Car Challenge
UT Austin will host the 2014 Formula Sun Grand Prix and American Solar Car Challenge in mid-July. Teams from several top universities, including MIT, Michigan, and California–Berkeley, will participate in the competition and visit the UT campus. Established in 1993, the Solar Car Challenge provides students from around the world an opportunity to build roadworthy solar cars. The competition is designed to build interest for science and engineering among students, and to increase awareness of alternative sources of energy. For a schedule of events and other details, check the Cockrell School of Engineering website in mid-July.
UT Austin to Host 2014 International Greenhouse Gas Technologies Conference
UT Austin has been selected to host the 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-12) October 5-9, 2014, at the Austin Convention Center. Since its inception in 1997, the GHGT series has developed into the leading international conference on greenhouse gas technologies addressing climate change mitigation options. The conference is held every two years and rotates between major cities in Europe, Asia, and North America, attracting more than 1,500 attendees. Leaders from the scientific, industrial and policy communities will exchange new knowledge, information and ideas on reducing greenhouse gases at GHGT-12.