3: Infrastructure and Cities

Wednesday, October 2, 11:45 AM
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

What does the future of energy infrastructure look like?

In 2011 fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, & coal) accounted for 87% of total U.S. fuel consumption. Hydroelectric (3%) and renewables (2%) combined are still less than the contribution of nuclear energy (8%) alone. In Germany that same year, fossil fuels also made up the majority of fuel consumption at 82%. Nuclear energy also accounted for 8% of their fuel consumption while hydroelectric power made up only 2%. However, the transition to renewables (8%) has been more successful there. The transition of our infrastructure from fossil fuels to renewables has been an important focus for researchers in both the United States and Germany. Yet, our two countries have chosen divergent paths.

HamacherMUN: Thomas Hamacher, Ph. D. (BIO)
Managing Director, Munich School of Engineering

WebberAUS: Michael Webber, Ph. D. (BIO)
Associate Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin

BlackhurstMOD: Mike Blackhurst, Ph. D. (BIO)
Assistant Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin