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.
Op-Ed: Obama’s big energy choices
President Obama may soon be faced with two of the most vexing and politically charged energy decisions since the 1970s: whether to allow exports of domestic crude oil, and whether to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Each of these decisions on its own will have important economic and environmental implications; together, they could dramatically shift the geopolitics of energy in a way that will reverberate for decades. Read the entire op-ed from Energy Institute Assistant Director Dr. Fred Beach in the Houston Chronicle.
Texas researchers win DOE grants to study methane hydrates
UT Austin’s Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department has received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research on methane hydrates. Engineering Professor Hugh Daigle will lead the research project, which will examine hydrate mechanisms for methane transport and hydrate accumulation in coarse-grained reservoirs. Read more from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the DOE.
TACC working with oil services company to design safer offshore oil platforms
UT Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) played a critical role recently in the redesign of a floating offshore oil platform that is expected to make such platforms more efficient, safer, and better for the environment. Read more.
UT engineers present on environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing of shale during AAAS annual meeting
Energy Institute Deputy Director Michael Webber and UT Austin Chemical Engineering Professor David Allen gave 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.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Like it or not, the decisions likely will be made by the president alone, without congressional action. And they will largely define his administration’s energy legacy.”
Center for Electromechanics hosts first Microgrid RODEO Summit
Experts on decentralized power grids gathered in Austin recently to review new research findings and discuss how emerging technologies may fundamentally alter how power is produced, transmitted and consumed in the future. The Microgrid Research on Distributed Energy Operations (RODEO) Summit was organized by UT Austin’s Center for Electromechanics, renowned for modeling, designing and fabricating advanced electrical power generation and distribution systems. Go here to review key findings and view photos and presentations from the two-day event.
McCombs School of Business to host fourth annual Austin Electricity Conference
Thought leaders and experts representing a cross-section of interests will meet in Austin April 3-4 to debate one of hottest and most contentious issues facing the electric utility industry – a potentially game-changing movement toward decentralization of the nation’s aging electric grid. Go here for a list of panelists and additional details about the Conference, hosted by the McCombs School of Business’ Energy Management and Innovation Center.