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The old, dirty, creaky US electric grid would cost $5 trillion to replace. Where should infrastructure spending go?

March 17, 2017

The electric grid is an amazing integrated system of machines spanning an entire continent. The National Academy of Engineering has called it one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century...

Innovation In The Texas Oilfield: Cutting Use Of Fresh Water In Fracking Operations

March 14, 2017

MIDLAND, Texas—Water in west Texas is both an environmental issue and a major stress on overhead for oil and natural gas producers in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico...

Karan Jerath tapped for ‘Grand Energy Challenge’

Feb. 28, 2017

UT Austin Petroleum Engineering sophomore Karan Jerath has been selected by the United Nations as a Young Leader for Sustainable Development Goals. Jerath, who invented a device that can help prevent oil spills, recently was named the youngest member of the Forbes ’30 Under 30 Energy’ list. With the U.N., Jerath is working with professors and mentors at UT to build “The Grand Energy Challenge,” an international competition open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to pitch ideas related to energy sustainability.

Prof. David Allen elected to National Academy of Engineering

Feb. 28, 2017

UT Austin Chemical Engineering Prof. David T. Allen has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to improving air quality and developing sustainable...

Longhorn Energy Club awards prizes for student research during UT Energy Week

Feb. 28, 2017

Winning entrants in an energy research poster competition organized by the Longhorn Energy Club during this year’s UT Energy Week picked up $1,000 in four categories...

New findings suggest breakthrough in mechanical metamaterials can block symmetry of motion

Feb. 28, 2017

Electrical and Computer Engineering Prof. Dr. Andrea Alù, Research Scientist Dimitrios Sounas and colleagues at the AMOLF institute in the Netherlands have invented the first mechanical metamaterials capable...

UT Institute for Geophysics’ Gulf of Mexico seismic dataset finally pays off

Feb. 28, 2017

After nearly 40 years of acquiring and processing seismic data in the Gulf of Mexico to better understand its geology, UT Austin’s Institute for Geophysics‘ (UTIG) dataset has become a valuable commodity...

Spence: markets alone cannot balance conflicting demands for low cost, environmentally sound, and reliable electricity supply

Feb. 28, 2017

In the 24 states that have deregulated their electricity markets to allow competition, providers have brought down prices while increasing the supply of green energy, says Prof. David Spence...

Tinker: markets-based approach should serve as model for securing affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy

Feb. 28, 2017

For the past eight years, the primary focus of U.S. energy policy has centered on concerns over climate change and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, often through regulation and rule making, writes...