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 Energy Poll reveals support for energy efficiency, concerns about political squabbling
Four out of five American consumers view energy efficiency as a personal priority and two out of three believe it could significantly reduce overall energy use if not for political squabbling, the latest version of the UT Energy Poll shows. For more, read the press release and view a video of an event in Washington, D.C. featuring UT Energy Poll Director Sheril Kirshenbaum and other experts.
UT Austin researchers making progress in developing low cost, large area solar cell panels
Researchers in UT Austin’s Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) are making strides in developing a new generation of low cost, large area solar cell panels, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SUNSHOT program. Dr. Sanjay Banerjee, an Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor who directs the MRC, leads UT’s participation in the Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium, led by Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley. Read more (PDF).
Dutch researchers visit Austin for smart grid talks
A delegation from Netherlands and Belgium visited Central Texas recently to further a collaborative effort with researchers at UT Austin to promote smart grid and smart cities development. An informal agreement between UT and Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University and Twente University in The Netherlands, along with Leuven University in Flanders, Belgium, focuses on developing collaborative academic research programs and projects involving smart cities and smart grids. For more view a video from the delegation’s visit in March.
Longhorn Energy Club elects officers for 2014 – 2015
Longhorn Energy, a university-wide graduate student organization that fosters professional development, promotes energy entrepreneurship and supports interdisciplinary energy research at UT Austin, has announced its 2014 officers. The group seeks to leverage the world-class academic and extra-curricular energy opportunities at UT for the betterment of the entire university community. Read more.
Webber Energy Group’s Energy at the Movies receives Telly Award
Energy at the Movies, the PBS television program hosted by Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber, has received a Bronze Telly Award. The hour-long educational special explores the science and history of energy in an entertaining and informal way, with the aim of improving public understanding of the key issues surrounding energy and the environment. Through its national syndication on PBS, Energy at the Movies reaches more than 100 million people. For more, visit the Energy at the Movies website, or watch the entire program.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“It’s encouraging that most Americans, as well as informed energy industry professionals, place such a high priority on energy efficiency.”
Texas Water Summit explored economic implications of state’s growing water needs
Experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs addressed the water-energy nexus and other challenges facing Texas in light of a growing population and limited water resources during the 2014 Texas Water Summit. The event, held on the UT Austin campus May 19, was hosted by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas. For more, read the speakers’ presentations.
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 on an informal rotation between major cities in Europe, Asia, and North America and attracts more than 1,500 attendees. Leaders from the scientific, industrial and policy communities exchange new knowledge, information and ideas on reducing greenhouse gases.