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“Where Do We Put All the Renewable Energy?” Topic for Nov. 6

where-put-renewable-energyDr. Matthew Mench, Condra Chair of Excellence professor and head of mechanical, aerospace, & biomedical engineering, will speak on “Where Do We Put All the Renewable Energy?” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, Nov. 6.

As the worldwide use of clean energy increases, the need to store it for efficient use is growing. Wind and solar energy generation does not often match consumer demand cycles, so some form of massive energy storage is needed. This talk will describe the pressing need for grid-level energy storage, as well as some of the challenges and options for achieving the massive levels of storage needed. In particular, the redox flow battery will be described and discussed.

The UT Science Forum begins at 12 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. Each 45-minute presentation is followed by an audience Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Arena Cafe. The forum is free and open to the public.