RAEL lunch talk: “How do we make use of the measure of Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI)?”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: 323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)

Carey King, Research Associate, Jackson School of Geosciences

Dr. Carey King studies energy systems, how they work together, how they impact the environment, and how and why humans as a society consume energy resources. He specializes in dynamic systems modeling and nonlinear optimization methods. Much of his recent work has focused on the nexus between energy and water for projecting water demand for electricity generation and alternative automobile fuels. As part of his energy-water studies, Dr. King has authored journal publications, a chapter for the Texas State Energy Conservation Office on the role of water in Texas' energy future as well as a report for the Texas Water Development Board that projects water demand scenarios for future electricity production. Additional work in which Dr. King is engaged includes the economics of carbon capture and sequestration, the design of beneficial combinations of renewable energy and storage systems, and the creation of tools to help the public and policymakers understand the trade-offs among different electricity generation sources.

Before joining the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. King was Director of Scientific Research at UniPixel Displays, Inc., a company developing a new flat panel display technology based upon micro-electromechanical systems. Dr. King is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and holds both a B.S. with High Honors and Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Carey King will give a summary of some of his views, as well as a summary of the insights from his panel on the measure of Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI) at the AAAS Annual Meeting on February 21; Topics will include how to view the accuracy of studies of EROI, and how we can relate these estimates to economic factors. A lively discussion is encouraged!

Carey is furthermore speaking on water-energy on Tuesday, March 2nd at the EBI in the afternoon (4 pm).