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.
Massive interest in massive open online energy course
More than 16,000 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) the university will launch in the fall of 2013. The courses will be deployed on the edX platform, an online nonprofit learning initiative that includes such members as Harvard University and MIT, as well as the University of Texas System. Learn more about MOOCs and register for Energy 101.
Should the federal government regulate fracking?
Supporters say it could set America on the road to energy independence and drastically change our economic prospects while helping address climate change. But, to ensure it’s done safely, should fracking be regulated at the federal level, or remain under local control? Read more from UT Austin Professor David Spence in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
Energy researchers win Grand Challenge Awards
UT Austin chemical engineering Professors Jim Chelikowsky and Venkat Ganesan have received a Moncrief Grand Challenge Award to support their research in computational engineering and science. The award will allow Professor Chelikowsky to develop software that uses atomic force microscopy in the design of materials for photovoltaics and electronic devices. Professor Ganesan will continue his work in developing multi-scale computational algorithms, which help predict the structure and properties of polymer electrolyte membranes in batteries, fuel cells and water purification systems. Read more on the Cockrell School of Engineering website.
Experts present latest research on materials for energy generation, storage and transport
Experts from UT Austin and other leading academic institutions gathered on campus recently to address critical challenges in the development of new materials for use in generating, storing, and transporting energy. The symposium was organized by Dr. Alan McGaughey, a visiting professor from Carnegie Mellon University and participant in the Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program. Read more about the symposium.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“It is true that the natural gas industry risks losing public trust if it doesn’t perform to high standards. But turning the regulatory framework over to Washington isn’t the answer.”
2013 Austin Electricity Conference
The question of how to ensure sufficient supplies of electricity to meet expected demand – ‘resource adequacy’ as it is known in energy industry parlance – was one of the key issues addressed recently at the third annual Austin Electricity Conference, held April 18-19 on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Read more about the conference here.
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and UT Austin to release report on environmental benefits of increased natural gas use | June 4
UT Austin will join the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions (C2ES) at a June 4 event in Washington, D.C. to release a new report examining the environmental benefits of expanded domestic natural gas production. University faculty and staff helped prepare the report, “Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” which includes an overview of natural gas production, the climate implications of increased natural gas use, potential uses and benefits in key sectors, and related infrastructure issues. Go here for more details and to register for the report launch event.
Clean Energy Beers | June 3
Join UT Austin Engineering Professor and Energy Institute Deputy Director Michael Webber for a cold beer and the latest clean energy news and views. Go here for more details.