UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public has released a white paper examining the difficult choices that utilities and public policymakers face as they weigh alternatives to coal-fired power plants. The paper—entitled “Base-load Electricity from Natural Gas and Nuclear Power: The Role of Federal and State Policy”—is based on a symposium held at the Baker Center in September 2012.
Imagine a world without man-made climate change, energy crunches, or reliance on foreign oil. It may sound like a dream world, but UT Knoxville engineers have made a giant step toward making this scenario a reality.
What is the role of the university in meeting the nation and world’s energy challenges? University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is part of a conference being held this week at The Ohio State University (OSU) to explore that question.Sponsored by OSU, Colorado State University, and the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities, the three-day event has brought together public university, industry, and government leaders from around the country to discuss the evolving role of the university in solving substantial questions about energy in the twenty-first century.
Duke University professor Rob Jackson will be at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Thursday to kick off this semester’s energy-environmental forum with a discussion of the link between the “hydrofracking” method of shale gas extraction and methane contamination of drinking water.
Steven Koonin, undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy, will address U.S. energy challenges, such as energy security, US competitiveness, and environmental impacts, during a visit to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on May 3.
UT Knoxville students, faculty, staff and community are invited to participate in a conference call with the offices of Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to hear directly from Senate staffers on climate and energy policy. Dubbed “Let’s Talk, Tennessee,” the conference call will take place on Monday, April 12 at 11 a.m.
In the quest to make hydrogen as a clean alternative fuel source, researchers have been stymied about how to create usable hydrogen that is clean and sustainable without relying on an intensive, high-energy process that outweighs the benefits of not using petroleum to power vehicles. New findings from a team of researchers from UT Knoxville and ORNL, however, show that photosynthesis — the process by which plants regenerate using energy from the sun — may function as that clean, sustainable source of hydrogen.