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Energy@UT Insights
Independent perspectives, analysis, and opinions from UT scholars and affiliated experts
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COVID-19, Gandhi, & the Next Energy Breakthrough

As we proceed through the pandemic and approach a potential political transition, we may be on the cusp of a transformative moment for the energy sector.

Pipe work stands beside the hydrogen electrolysis plant at Energiepark Mainz, operated by Linde AG, in Mainz, Germany, on Friday, July 17, 2020. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Texas has the workforce and leadership to invest in hydrogen

The Texas Gulf Coast does not produce great surfing waves, but the state’s culture of innovation makes it possible for us to catch big waves of emerging technology and ride them gracefully to economic growth...

Overhead view of ice caps. Credit: University of Texas at Austin

Melting Ice Sheets Show Need for U.S. Government Action Now

In my Earth in 2100 course at The University of Texas at Austin, we talk about the scientific, psychological, political and economic decisions that have led to our current climate crisis...

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Cleaner, Greener: How Will Renewable Energy Affect The Oil And Gas Industry In Texas?

In 2019, Texas accounted for 41% of the nation's crude oil production and 25% of its marketed natural gas production. The oil and gas industry raked in $16 billion...

Energy@UT Researcher Profiles

Ulrich Dangel

Associate Professor and Program Director, School of Architecture

Prof. Ulrich Dangel has spent a lot of time around trees. Big, beautiful, old-forest trees. As the child of parents from southern Germany and Austria, Dangel grew up in Stuttgart...

Joshua Rhodes

Research Associate, Energy Institute | Webber Energy Group

Joshua Rhodes has always been good with numbers, but it took him a while to figure out how to turn his love of calculations and equations into a viable profession...

Dave Tuttle

Research Fellow & Energy Week Coordinator, Energy Institute

Dave Tuttle has always been fascinated with how things work...

Schonna Manning

Research Assistant Professor & Director of R&D for the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, Department of Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Dr. Schonna Manning studies the biology of algae...

Ben Leibowicz

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Ben Leibowicz has always been fascinated with the big-picture...

Joshua W. Busby

Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs

For some people, a singular event or experience can ignite a passion to serve that informs an entire lifetime...

Joan Brennecke

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering | Cockrell School of Engineering

UT Austin Prof. Joan Brennecke knew at an early age that she wanted to be an engineer, the chosen profession of her father and two uncles...

Wendy Wagner

Professor, School of Law

As a child growing up in the suburbs outside Chicago, Wendy Wagner knew early on that she wanted to devote her life to protecting the environment.

Carey King

Research Scientist & Assistant Director, Energy Institute

Summers are hot and slow in Temple, Texas, the small town up the road from Austin where Carey King grew up. To pass the time, he and his brothers built several skateboard ...

David Adelman

Professor, School of Law

In a way, David Adelman is a classic example of the East Coast kid who goes West in search of greener pastures.