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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

Cliff Frohlich

Senior Research Scientist & Associate Director, Institute for Geophysics | Jackson School of Geosciences

Reared in a family steeped in the Humanities, geophysicist Cliff Frohlich reflected early on that it might be wise for him to look elsewhere for his life calling.

Ross Baldick

Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering | Cockrell School of Engineering

As a kid growing up in Sydney, Australia, Ross Baldick was always good at math. By the time he was seven years old, when he began experimenting with an electronics kit...

Gürcan Gülen

Research Scientist & Senior Energy Economist Center for Energy Economics | Bureau of Economic Geology | Jackson School of Geosciences

As a student who excelled at math and science – while also learning French and English...

Delia Milliron

Associate Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering | Cockrell School of Engineering

From an early age, UT Austin Chemical Engineering Prof. Delia Milliron knew she wanted a career in scientific research – it was really a matter of figuring out what interested her...

Jorge R. Piñon

Director, Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program, Jackson School of Geosciences

As interim director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences...

Michael Young

Senior Research Scientist & Associate Director for Environment Division | Bureau of Economic Geology | Jackson School of Geosciences

Michael Young is one of those people who figured out his life’s trajectory at a very early...

Juan Ontiveros

Associate Vice President for Utilities, Energy and Facilities Management

As the man behind the machines that power UT Austin’s campus, Juan Ontiveros has developed quite a reputation – not only among his peers on other college campuses...

Brian Korgel

Director of Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Next Generation Photovoltaics

The way Chemical Engineering Prof. Brian Korgel sees it, imparting knowledge to his students, while vitally important, is only one aspect of his job.

Jon Olson

Professor & Department Chair, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering | Cockrell School of Engineering

While the contentious debate over hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas production rages on, UT Austin Prof. Jon Olson quietly and expertly conducts research...

Jay Banner

Executive Director, Environmental Science Institute

The quick laugh and gleam in Jay Banner’s eye reveals an unbridled passion for science that stirs from deep within...