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.
Jackson School event: Mexican energy officials release oil and gas areas open to foreign investment
A standing-room only crowd of representatives from the energy industry and the legal, banking and investment communities attended the first meeting at which Mexican energy officials unveiled details on oil and gas areas and fields to be made available to private companies. UT Austin’s Latin America and Caribbean Program for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and the Greater Houston Partnership presided over the technical session, the first of its kind under new policies allowing foreign investment in Mexico’s energy industry. For more, read an article from the Jackson School of Geosciences.
UT Energy Poll reveals generational divide
Younger Americans are much more likely to support political candidates who endorse policies to protect the environment and promote renewable forms of energy, according to a new nationwide survey from UT Austin. The online poll, conducted Sept. 4 -16, shows contrasting views and preferences among younger and older voters in numerous areas, including preferred sources of energy and financial support from the federal government. For more, read the university’s press release and view infographics from the McCombs School of Business.
Longhorn Energy Club offering $100,000 in prize money for energy startup competition winners
Up to $100,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to winners of the UT Energy Technology Open Competition, managed by the Longhorn Energy Club (LEC). The competition, one of several student-run events to be featured in February’s UT Energy Week 2015, seeks the best new energy ideas for startups in four categories: Oil and Gas, Cleantech, Water / Resources, and Software. UT Energy Week 2015 is co-hosted by the Energy Institute, the LEC and several colleges and schools engaged in energy research on the UT Austin campus. Read More and Register Your Team
A Deep Dive into Plasma
Studying the intricacies and mysteries of the sun is UT Austin physicist Wendell Horton’s life’s work. Through the university’s Institute for Fusion Studies, Professor Horton collaborates with researchers at ITER, a fusion lab in France, and the National Institute for Fusion Science in Japan. Recently, he tapped the university’s renowned Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Stampede supercomputer and visualization resources to develop scientific visualizations and new insights about plasmas. Read more.
Battle of the Bakken: pros and cons of pipeline and rail studied by Center for Energy Economics
At present, rail transports most of the crude oil from the Bakken Shale to points east, but several pipeline projects on the horizon could cut into rail’s dominance. For more, read an analysis produced by the Center for Energy Economics (CEE) in the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Bureau of Economic Geology.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Consumer perspectives on energy issues continue to track political party lines, but we’re seeing a widening gulf among older and younger Americans.”
Conference on On-Line Monitoring of Electric Assets
UT Austin’s Center for Electromechanics, with its industry partner Qualitrol, will host COMET 2014, a technical conference designed to share evolving technology trends and best practices for online monitoring of electric power assets. Conference tracks will focus on two key asset application areas, Motors & Generators, and Transmission & Distribution. Read more and register.
Texas Energy Storage Summit
UT Austin’s Center for Electromechnics is working with the Washington, DC-based Energy Storage Association and Austin-based Good Company to organize the first Texas Energy Storage Summit on December 5. The one-day workshop will bring together large international storage industry manufacturers, developers, system owner-operators, and researchers with market participants and others interested in energy storage in Texas. Register for this event.
UT Energy Week
Mark your calendar for the inaugural UT Energy Week, a gathering of experts in academia, industry, government and the non-profit world for an examination of the latest research findings, emerging trends and new technologies in today’s rapidly evolving world of energy. UT Energy Week is co-hosted by the Energy Institute, the student-led Longhorn Energy