08/15 - 8/15 - UT, Japan Partner to Cut Energy Use at Data Centers - The University of Texas at Austin and the Japanese government are combining forces to conserve energy used to power data centers across the country. CEM hopes this work can be leveraged to drive future Microgrid research.
06/15 - The Electromagnetic Launch System (EMALS) designed by UT-CEM to use electromagnetic power to launch aircraft instead of the traditional steam catapult has reached another testing milestone! Naval Technology.com reports “US Navy conducts first full-speed catapult shots using EMALS on CVN 78" Latest reports are the Gerald Ford is still on track for completion and go into service by March 31, 2016.
05/15 - University of Texas at Austin perspective on “The Role of Microgrids”
05/15 - “Austin-based 'TreeHouse' first retailer to get Tesla's 'Powerwall” CEM’s Director Dr. Robert Hebner comments on Tesla’s Powerwall Announcement:
02/15 A recent article in the Dallas Daily News features Dr. Robert Hebner’s comments regarding energy storage on the grid.
01/15 Dr. Robert Hebner was featured in the December 2014 Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Edition of Texas Co-op Power.
12/14 - Conference on Online Monitoring of Electric Assets (COMET 2014) Event
09/14 - Small autonomous power grids are the future published by Danish Energy Magazine
The future will offer a number of small electricity-areas, each of which can function independently. Thats the believe of Dr. Robert Hebner, Texas University, a well-known researcher in the field of electricity and smart grid, with over a hundred scientific papers and reports behind him.
07/14 - Is This America’s Smartest City? - A community in Austin tracks every watt of energy it uses—so the rest of us can live more efficiently
07/14 - CEM’s Microgrid Gains Flexibility
Over the past several years, The University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) has been conducting power system research on a flexible, MW-scale microgrid at their 140,000 ft2 (13,000 m2) facility on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin Texas.
02/14 - Utility CEO: Generators Will Soon Make Electric Grid an 'Antiquated System'
David Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy, said as solar power, wind power and energy storage grow more efficient, and as more American homes also come to rely on cheap natural gas, energy customers will switch from buying power to generating their own through “microgrids” – perhaps in as little as 30 years.
05/13 - DURIP Grant will Enhance Microgrid Laboratory
John Herbst, Program Manager at the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM), has been awarded a $271,394 grant from the Office of Naval Research under the 2013 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).
05/13 - Microgrid Research Workshop
Microgrids are broadly applied and of growing interest as an important feature of next generation power systems. Microgrids are used today in ships, off shore oil platforms, many islands, and remote towns.
05/12 - Study focuses on electric cars' effect on power grid.
It's a neighborhood that could set to trend for others in the future. It's helping companies look at the use of energy. Story courtesy Tom Abrahams - KTRK-TV Houston.
05/12 - Electric cars could be the wave of the future, but as they hit the roads, they have to get their charges. And that means they'll pull power from the state's power grid.
Story courtesy Tom Abrahams - KTRK-TV Houston.
Engineers at the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) located on the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) in Austin, TX, have assembled one of the largest and most dynamic test microgrids in the country.