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 less interest, conflicting views on energy
Support for increased domestic natural gas production among U.S. consumers remains strong, but the percentage of those who favor the use of hydraulic fracturing to produce it has declined, according to the latest version of the UT Energy Poll. The national online survey, conducted in mid-September, indicates fewer Americans perceive energy issues as relevant to their daily lives, though they remain concerned about the cost of energy and its impact on the environment. For more, read the press release.
Coastal Antarctic Permafrost Melting Faster Than Expected
Scientists at UT Austin’s Institute for Geophysics have documented an accelerated melt rate of permafrost in a section of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable. The melt rates are comparable with the Arctic, where accelerated melting of permafrost has become a regularly recurring phenomenon, and the change could offer a preview of melting permafrost in other parts of a warming Antarctic continent. Read more from the Jackson School of Geosciences website.
New research examines economic viability of CO2 capture, utilization and storage along Texas Gulf Coast
Energy Institute Assistant Director Dr. Carey King has published an article in Environmental Research Letters that examines the economic viability of capturing large quantities of anthropogenic CO2 from coal-fired power generators within the Texas electric grid pure CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) along the Gulf of Mexico. Read the entire journal article and coverage of Dr. King’s research in Environmental Research Web.
Smart Windows Innovator Joins Department of Chemical Engineering Faculty
Dr. Delia Milliron, a ground-breaking scientist developing new materials that save energy and money by regulating the amount of sunlight and heat that passes through windows in commercial buildings and residential homes, has accepted an associate professor position with UT Austin’s Department of Chemical Engineering. Read more about Prof. Milliron’s appointment.
Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies now open for spring registration
Students interested in understanding the essentials of oil and gas production, transportation fuels and technologies, electricity generation and energy efficiency can now register for the new Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies (GPPES), a 12-credit hour certificate program initiated by the Energy Institute that begins in the spring 2014 semester. Completion of the GPPES is noted on the student’s final transcript, providing future employers with an indication of the student’s credentials in the field. Go here for more information and to register.
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.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“What we’re seeing is the real disconnect between energy and the American public. … there’s unquestionably a lack of understanding across a broad swath of energy issues that affect each of us.”
UT Energy Poll Director Sheril Kirshenbaum on consumers’ misperception of key energy issues.
Defense Energy Summit
Top officials in the U.S. Department of Defense will host a two-day conference as part of its ongoing effort to identify, develop and deploy new energy solutions for the nation’s armed services and its operational facilities worldwide. This unique event will bring together energy providers, project financiers, major contractors and start-ups to explore ways to increase the safety of U.S. troops, lower energy costs, and reduce reliance on foreign energy supplies. The Energy Institute is one of many sponsors of this unique event. Read more.
Microgrid RODEO Summit
Join other researchers at a first-of-its-kind summit about important work in the field of microgrids: the Microgrid Research on Distributed Electricity Operations (RODEO) Summit. Read more.