UT Energy Symposium: Storing Hydrogen in the Subsurface: Challenges and Opportunities for Low-carbon Energy

Peter Eichhubl, Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Speaker Biography:

Peter Eichhubl's research combines the fields of fault and fracture mechanics and low-temperature geochemistry addressing deformation mechanisms of the upper crust, structural control of mass and heat transfer in sedimentary basins, effects of chemical mass transfer on the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of fractures and faults, and the chemical interaction between fluids and minerals. Dr. Eichhubl's research is of applied interest to geothermal and fossil energy resources and underground storage of hydrogen and CO2. Fundamental aspects of the research have implications for the seismic and aseismic deformation of the Earth's upper crust and for the interaction of subsurface fluids with the atmosphere and biosphere.


Hydrogen provides a low-carbon alternative to currently used carbon-intensive fuels for electric power generation, transportation, and industrial applications. Although naturally occurring as limited gas accumulations, hydrogen is considered an energy carrier to be generated through primary energy sources including solar, wind, or hydro power, nuclear energy, or from natural gas with or without carbon capture and storage. Similar to natural gas, hydrogen can be transported via pipeline and trucks, and stored in tanks and in subsurface storage facilities. For seasonal and longer-term strategic energy storage, hydrogen may offer the sole low-carbon alternative to currently practiced natural gas and petroleum storage. In this presentation, I will provide an overview over the current state of subsurface hydrogen storage, existing technology and knowledge gaps, and research needs, with an emphasis on research conducted at UT Austin.


About the UT Energy Symposium:

The UT Energy Symposium is a weekly guest lecture series that is both free and open to the public and available for course credit.

In an effort to provide a multi-disciplinary platform for UT faculty and students to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our world, the Energy Institute sponsors the UT Energy Symposium (UTES), which will enter its 24th semester in spring 2023. 

The UTES serves as a “convener” for the campus community, uniting students interested in energy issues with faculty and others working on sustainable energy security. Students who register for the symposium receive one credit hour for the 15-week seminar course, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Ongoing themes for UTES include climate change policy, innovation and diffusion of energy technologies, low-carbon technology options and status, and behavioral aspects of energy consumption.

Each UTES talk will be recorded and posted on this page and on the Energy Institute YouTube channel following the event.


Dial-In Information

This talk will be presented in person (EER 3.646) and streamed online (via Zoom and YouTube). 

If using Zoom, viewers must register for an account with Zoom and log in to Zoom using that registration in order to use the meeting link and participate. Faculty, students and staff of UT, please use your personal UT Zoom account. 

Please click the Zoom link below to join the webinar: 

To view the talk on YouTube, there are two options: 

The Webinar will be listed as a video thumbnail with the word “LIVE NOW” in the window. Click on that thumbnail. 

Then if needed, select the “Live Streams” option next to “All Videos”.  The Webinar will be listed as a video thumbnail with the word “LIVE NOW” in the window. Click on that thumbnail to watch the video. 

If you do not see the video with either of the options above, the webinar might not be yet started.  Also, you might need to refresh your browser to see the option for the live video.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), 3.646
2501 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712

Event Type

Business & Economy, Policy & Law, Science & Tech

Target Audience

Students, General Public




Free and open to the public; no RSVP required



Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity