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Race is On for Best Solar Car of 2014

Race is On for Best Solar Car of 2014

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host the nation’s two biggest collegiate solar car races — the Formula Sun Grand Prix and the American Solar Challenge. Student solar car teams from universities around the world, including UT Austin, will be in Austin to compete in the two back-to-back competitions.

New UT Energy Poll Shows Voters Prefer Obama’s Energy Platform

New UT Energy Poll Shows Voters Prefer Obama’s Energy Platform

As the 2012 presidential election draws near, more voters say they prefer the energy policies espoused by President Barack Obama than Gov. Mitt Romney’s energy platform, according to the latest University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll results released today.

Discovery of a ‘Dark State’ Could Mean a Brighter Future for Solar Energy

Discovery of a ‘Dark State’ Could Mean a Brighter Future for Solar Energy

The efficiency of conventional solar cells could be significantly increased, according to new research on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin Celebrates Completion of Austin’s Largest Solar Power System

Event: The University of Texas at Austin and its Facilities Services Department mark the completion of a solar power system installed on the J. J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC). When: 10:30 a.m., June 2 Where: J. J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road. Entrance between US 183 and Braker Lane. Maps are available online. Background:…   » Continue Reading

Researchers put state at forefront of renewable energy revolution

Researchers put state at forefront of renewable energy revolution

Green, Texas: Texans like to think of themselves as the best. Over the past decade, environmentalists have rated the state No. 1, but not in a good way: number one for per capita energy consumption, major environmental complaints and emission of air pollution and greenhouse gases. What if the state could add a new ranking: No. 1 in green energy. Sound far fetched? It's not, according to Michael Webber, an energy specialist at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering and Jackson School of Geosciences, where he is associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy.

New Carbon Material Shows Promise of Storing Large Quantities of Renewable Electrical Energy

Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a breakthrough in the use of a one-atom thick structure called "graphene" as a new carbon-based material for storing electrical charge in ultracapacitor devices, perhaps paving the way for the massive installation of renewable energies such as wind and solar power.