• 2015 COMET conference COMET 2015 conference COMET 2015 COMET 2015
  • Canfield Joint Canfield Joint Canfield Joint Researchers advance space applications through development of a high-precision full hemispherical pointing/ attitude control capability with much needed vibration isolation
  • H2 Bus H2 Bus H2 Bus CEM supports Austin’s own CapMetro and other transit authorities evaluate alternative fuel transit vehicles
  • Hydrothermal Liquefaction Hydrothermal Hydrothermal Liquefaction Solar-driven hydrothermal liquefaction allows biowaste to be converted to crude oil in a matter of minutes
  • EM Launch EM Launch EM Launch CEM’s Electromagnetic Launch and Projectile Soft Catch Recovery System for high acceleration test articles
  • Composites Composites Composites CEM hydroburst testing protocols provide testing standards for emerging composite materials


The center

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.

What's neW

Research Spotlight

October 2015 - The UT Energy Institute’s “Research Spotlight” on our Director, Dr. Robert Hebner

Grid Solutions

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.
"UT, Japan Partner to Cut Energy Use at Data Centers"
by Jim Malewitz - The Texas Tribune

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

A recent article on the Environmental Defense Fund Blog “Houston as a Hydrogen Haven” outlines the next hydrogen fuel cell vehicle demonstration CEM will be supporting.

Electric Ship

A new CEM publication, “Dynamic Load and Storage Integration" will soon appear in an upcoming IEEE Proceedings special issue on Electric Ships. It outlines CEM’s research on combining shipboard energy storage capabilities of future naval ships to effectively support the increased energy demands of emerging warfighting technologies:

“The clear need for storage has raised the opportunity to design a comprehensive storage system, sometimes called an energy magazine, that can combine intermittent generation as well as any or all of the other storage technologies to provide a smaller, lighter and better performing system than would individual storage solutions for each potential application.”

Alternative Vehicles

April 2015 - Atlanta, GA – April 2015 - CTE was selected to receive one of 11 grants announced by Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO).  As part of this project, CTE will lead the team to develop and demonstrate a conformable, lightweight 700 bar gaseous hydrogen storage system.  The project team includes the University of Texas – Center for Electromechanics and High Energy Coil Reservoirs, LLC (HECR). More about CTE can be fournd here.

Grid Solutions
June 2015 - 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.

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

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