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 partnering with federal agency, Texas A&M and University of Houston to form Ocean Energy Safety Institute
UT Austin is partnering with the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Texas A&M and the University of Houston to launch a new research center to identify best practices for operational improvements in offshore drilling safety and environmental protection, blowout containment and oil spill response. Texas A&M’s Engineering Experiment Station will manage the new Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. For more, read the Cockrell School of Engineering press release and a news article from the Houston Chronicle.
University experts help identify best options for safe offshore oil and gas operations
In related news, Dr. Jim Dyer, Co-Director of the McCombs School of Business’ Energy Management and Innovation Center, and Dr. Paul Bommer, senior lecturer in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Petroleum Engineering Department, participated in a report commissioned by BSEE and the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council to evaluate the best available and safest technologies for offshore oil and gas operations.
DOE awards grants to Nuclear Engineering Program for pioneering research
Nuclear engineers at The University of Texas at Austin received an infusion of funds recently from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that will enable them to continue pioneering research in two distinct but related fields of study. The funds come from the DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), which in FY 2013 invested a total of $52 million in 61 university-led nuclear energy research projects. Read more.
Opportunities abound for savvy energy sector investors
Prospects are good for investment in traditional forms of energy as well as new sources such as wind and solar energy, experts agreed at the recent Energy Management and Innovation Center Alternative Investments Conference hosted by the McCombs School of Business. Read more.
Researchers produce breakthrough in large-area graphene film
Researchers in UT Austin’s Materials Science Engineering Program have made a breakthrough in graphene growth that could spur dramatic improvements in the performance of flexible electronics, solar cells, batteries, transistors, aircraft wings and other applications of large-area graphene film, a strong, ultra-thin, all-carbon material that has exceptional electrical properties. For more, read an article on the Cockrell School of Engineering website.
Op-Ed: It’s time to bring women into the energy conversation
Encouraging more women to take active roles in energy issues not only will elevate the status of women, it will help achieve a more sustainable future for everyone. Read the entire op-ed by Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber and UT Energy Poll Director Sheril Kirshenbaum.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“To become more efficient and less wasteful, the solution is clear: we must engage and educate more women in energy.”
Fourth Annual UT Energy Forum | Austin, Texas | February 19-20
The UT Energy Forum is planned and run entirely by members of the Longhorn Energy Club, a university-wide group composed of graduate students in business, engineering, policy, law, architecture and geoscience. Through plenary speeches and panel discussions on a variety of issues, the event promotes communication and collaboration among industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and academia on pressing energy challenges. Go here to learn more and register.
Microgrid RODEO Summit | Austin, Texas | February
Join other researchers for a unique conference on notable developments in the field of microgrids: the Microgrid Research on Distributed Electricity Operations (RODEO) Summit. Read more.
American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition | Dallas, Texas | March 16-20
The American Chemical Society has issued its call for papers for its 2014 national meeting and exposition, in Dallas, Texas. The theme for the event encompasses advanced materials and chemical processes for the production, storage/ transmission and utilization of energy.