Topic: Alternative energy

UT Austin Engineer Converts Yeast Cells into 'Sweet Crude' Biofuel

Jan. 21, 2014

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar. This yeast produces oils and fats, known as lipids, that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products.

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Energy Financier T. Boone Pickens to Enliven Debate at The University of Texas at Austin, April 18

April 5, 2011

Dallas-based investor and energy advocate T. Boone Pickens is coming to The University of Texas at Austin for what promises to be a lively discussion on leadership, his investment philosophy and viable energy solutions in the McCombs School of Business VIP Distinguished Speaker Series, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 18 at Hogg Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

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Highly Efficient Solar Cells Could Result from Quantum Dot Research

June 17, 2010

Conventional solar cell efficiency could be increased from the current limit of 30 percent to more than 60 percent, suggests new research on semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots, led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Biologists Use Bacteria from Hot Springs to Reveal Clues To Evolution of Early Life and To Unlock Biofuels' Potential

June 9, 2010

A bacteria that lives in hot springs in Japan may help solve one of the mysteries of the early evolution of complex organisms, according to a study just published in PLoS Biology.

It may also be the key to breaking through a frustrating bottleneck in 21st century biofuel production.

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Alumnus discusses oil, alternative fuels

May 12, 2010

Jim Suttle arrived on campus in 1955 to study petroleum engineering. Now, with more than 30 years of experience in the oil business, he explains the importance of developing new alternative fuels and comments on how much the campus has grown during the last half century.

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