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An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Report: Crude export ban helps few refiners but hurts all US producers

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Light, sweet crude flowing out of the Eagle Ford would attract higher, premium prices on the world market, if those oil exports weren’t prohibited by U.S. trade policy, a Rice University study concludes.
Arthur Perales III works on a gear reducer at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Texas manufacturing sluggish as energy sector slows down

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Manufacturing activity in Texas was flat for the second consecutive month in February, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas revealed in its latest survey on the sector.
A new grant program coordinated through three Texas universities looks to find ways to commercialize academic research (Flickr/horiavarlan).

Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

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A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.
Wind and solar may account for about half of Germany’s generation capacity by 2020, from 37 percent in 2013, according to data from Bryan, Garnier & Co. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Rice touts advancement in solar cell technique

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Researchers at Rice University they’ve discovered a way to simplify the process used to make solar cell components, which could make the technology less expensive to produce.
Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

Rice aims to spur more Houston startups

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Rice University wants to bring Houston the same Cambrian explosion of startup companies that began in Palo Alto and Boston decades ago – but for oil and gas, a Rice official said Wednesday.
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Sustainability key to US energy future, expert says

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As global energy demand rises, the United States must do a better job making its oil boom sustainable in places like the Bakken Shale, where fractured wells recover just 4 percent of the underground resource, a Rice University official said Wednesday.
Charles McConnell joined Rice University in August to head its new Energy and Environment Initiative. (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)

Q&A: Industry veteran brings fossil fuel priority to Rice

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Charles McConnell, the head of Rice University’s new Energy and Environment Initiative, speaks with FuelFix recently about technology, energy policy and his new job.
Kenneth Medlock III, the vice president for academic affairs for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAFE), makes his remarks on the Industry Outlook during the opening  session at the Deep Offshore Technology International Conference & Exhibition 2013 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands. (Jerry Baker/Houston Chronicle)

Oil prices could drop as drivers demand more fuel efficiency, researcher says

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Despite the nation’s shale gusher, domestic demand for oil has remained flat during the past decade. But unlike most periods of stagnant demand, a weakened economy isn’t the only culprit.
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy Charles McConnell will lead Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative as executive director, the school announced on Tuesday, Sept. 3. (Rice University)

Rice taps former US fossil energy chief to lead new initiative

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Charles McConnell, a former U.S. assistant secretary for fossil energy, said his job entails bolstering the university’s relationships with industry giants such as Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP.
A handful of corn is shown before it is processed at the Tall Corn Ethanol plant in Coon Rapids, Iowa. (AP file photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Climate change trend likely to thwart biofuel goals, study says

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The United States is unlikely to meet current biofuel goals if the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis.