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Experts to Unpack the Future of Energy Research and Technology at UT Energy Week

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AUSTIN, Texas — Energy experts at the forefront of issues such as the energy transition, mineral supply, industrial decarbonization and the future of hydrogen will gather for UT Energy Week 2022, a symposium at The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Energy Week is an annual event that showcases the breadth and depth of energy research that makes UT Austin the world’s premier energy university. Leaders from industry, government, nonprofit organizations and academia will participate in the virtual event, which is free and open to the public.

Speakers include sustainability and energy leaders from Chevron, Intel, Shell, the U.S. Department of Energy, leading renewable energy companies and academic experts from across the university.

UT Energy Week is hosted by the Energy Institute and supported by UT Austin colleges and schools engaged in energy-related research. The event will include the presentation of UT Austin’s three-year, multimillion-dollar research initiative Fueling a Sustainable Energy Transition.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 4 – 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: To register for free, please visit the UT Energy Week Registration page. All UT Energy Week 2022 programs will be livestreamed. Some presentations are open to the public for in-person attendance at UT Austin. A full breakdown of in-person and hybrid events is available here.

WHO: A full list of speakers is available here.

A Few Highlights
For a full schedule of events, please see the UT Energy Week online program.

Keynote Talk: Don’t Mess with Texas: Getting the Lone Star State to Net-zero by 2050

Monday, Feb. 28, 4:10 – 5 p.m.

UT Austin Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Webber will deliver Energy Week’s kickoff keynote talk “Don’t Mess with Texas: Getting the Lone Star State to Net-zero by 2050.” Webber will preview the result of his forthcoming study that considers what composes a successful all-of-the-above strategy for decarbonizing the economy of Texas, the energy capital of the world. During the second half of this session, Professor Brian Korgel will interview Webber to discuss the implications of the report and facilitate questions from virtual guests, students and the media.

UT Energy Symposium – The Future of Energy

Tuesday, March 1, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Bruce L. Niemeyer, vice president of strategy and sustainability for Chevron, will discuss how today’s global energy markets are shaped by two primary forces: macroeconomic factors driving a future rise in world energy demand and global efforts to lower emissions. Affordable, reliable and ever-clear energy is essential to human progress, and balancing these dynamics will be critical to the future of energy markets.

Panel: Emergence of the Energy Innovation Ecosystem in Austin, Texas

Tuesday, March 1, 3 – 4 p.m.

Although Austin has been a growing tech hub for more than a half century, recently there has been more recognition of the region as an energy innovation center. What are the ingredients that have made the region even more attractive in fostering its innovation ecosystem? Join a panel of experts to discuss.

Panel: Hydrogen Storage and the Power Sector

Wednesday, March 2, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

For a hydrogen economy at scale, proven and cost-effective hydrogen storage solutions are needed that cover short- and long-term storage needs.

This will include a range of surface and subsurface storage technologies, each with specific target applications and for a range in storage durations.

This session will address current hydrogen storage technologies and technology development needs and opportunities from the reservoir engineering, geologic, tank design and manufacturing, and energy economic perspectives.