University of Texas Austin

Open Dates: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Energy Technology & Policy, a course taught by Dr. Michael E. Webber at The University of Texas at Austin, gives students an overview of energy technologies, fuels, environmental impacts and public policies. Topics are interdisciplinary and include an introduction to quantitative concepts in energy, including the differences among fuels and energy technologies, energy policy levers, and the societal aspects of energy, such as culture, economics, war, and international affairs. The course alsocovers brief snippets of energy history and looks forward into the future. Students enrolled in ‘Energy Technology & Policy’ are required to create short videos about an energy topic of their choice to enhance their interdisciplinary communication skills.

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A 3-minute description of the technology and policy associated with one of the four main types of concentrated solar power - the solar power tower. Energy Technology & Policy Spring 2013, Dr. Michael Webber, UT Austin.
An illustrated exploration of Iceland's energy consumption, and the underlying reasons for the country's high level of energy use. Energy Technology & Policy Spring 2013, Dr. Michael Webber, UT Austin.
Brief history and possible application of graphene as an energy storage material. Energy Technology & Policy Spring 2013, Dr. Michael Webber, UT Austin.
Hydropower turbines have become increasingly more fish-friendly as wildlife impacts have grown. This brief history highlights some fish preservation strategies and concludes with a promising fish-friendly turbine model by the Alden laboratories.... Read More
What role does DC (direct current) power played in our society today compared to the initial years of electricity distribution? Energy Technology & Policy Spring 2013, Dr. Michael Webber, UT Austin.
A brief introduction to the process of water supply of the Cutzamala Water Supply System to the Valley of Mexico. Energy Technology & Policy Spring 2013, Dr. Michael Webber, UT Austin.
An overview of cellulosic biofuels and policy action regarding them. Energy Technology & Policy Spring 2013, Dr. Michael Webber, UT Austin.
This video gives an overview of the costs and benefits of bottled water. Energy Technology & Policy Spring 2013, Dr. Michael Webber, UT Austin.
The tension between environmental impact, population and technology led scientist Paul Ehrlich, John Holdren and Barry Commoner to formulate an equation that describes the relationship between these forces, which came to be known as the IPAT... Read More