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The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is true to their motto, “What Starts Here Changes the World”.  The Center for Electromechanics (CEM) supports this goal as a leading applied research unit.  Researchers at the Center are recognized for expertise in advanced energy storage and power generation rotating machines for both intermittent and continuous duty applications. For the past four decades, CEM has served as a key contributor to the University’s success in research, education, and service to the community.


CEM is focused on state-of-the-art research, with facilities and equipment for staff engineers to design, build, and test first-of-a-kind prototypes.  With a proven track record in technology transfer to both government and industry sponsors, CEM researchers are experienced in working on small and large projects with industry and understand commercial pressures and time-scales.  The Center draws upon the creativity, knowledge, and experience of the academic faculty for real-world multi-disciplinary solutions.


Both undergrad and graduate UT students join CEM researchers in development and testing of new technologies.  This hands-on education not only provides UT students with must-have real-world experience, but also provides a conduit for technology transfer to research sponsors.  Students gain important exposure to emerging technologies and leading edge designs essential for a sustainable energy future.  Moreover, CEM brings as often as possible the enthusiasm and creativity of students to industrial problems so companies can not only add new technologies to their product lines but can also hire recent graduates with highly relevant experience.


CEM serves UT as an effective interface to industry.  CEM often called upon to consult with large consortiums to solve the world’s toughest problems.  CEM has helped multiple companies improve existing products through emerging technologies.  Center researchers take pride in providing the highest quality solutions.

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Grid Solutions

May 2015 - University of Texas at Austin perspective on “The Role of Microgrids”

Grid Solutions

By Casey Claiborne

“Austin-based 'TreeHouse' first retailer to get Tesla's 'Powerwall”
CEM’s Director Dr. Robert Hebner comments on Tesla’s Powerwall Announcement:

Austin American Statesman

The Future of Research in Texas

February 2015 - In this recent Stateman article “Hebner: Texas still needs to support innovation“ Dr. Robert Hebner reflects on the future of technology innovations in Texas: “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called for the elimination of the Emerging Technology Fund… This may be a reasonable decision. After all, when programs are not cost-effective, they need to be changed or eliminated. But this should not be the last decision. We have the opportunity and a responsibility to make Texas more successful in the 21st century than it was in the 20th."

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