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Dr. Carey King researches energy systems and how they work together and within the environment.

Carey's research interests focus upon:

(i) relating measures of net energy to economics;
(ii) understanding how technology and policy can interact within the nexus between energy and water;
(iii) integration and transition to increased renewable energy production;
(iv) the economics and life cycle of system-wide/integrated carbon capture and storage infrastructure; and
(v) promoting objective analyses of energy tradeoffs for energy education, decision-making, and policy development for natural resources.

Dr. King is currently a Research Associate at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the Jackson School of Geosciences. He works as part of several other collaborative research groups at the University of Texas at Austin: The Webber Energy Group ( and the Gulf Coast Carbon Center ( of the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Carey has both a B.S. with high honors and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Carey has published technical articles in the academic journals Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Research Letters, Nature Geoscience, Energy Policy, Sustainability, and Ecology and Society. He has also written commentary for Earth magazine discussing energy, water, and economic interactions. Dr. King has three patents as former Director for Scientific Research of Uni-Pixel Displays, Inc.

Areas of Expertise

Energy and renewable energy generation, usage, conservation, policy, and education; energy systems approaches; energy return on energy invested, net energy; carbon capture and sequestration; nexus of water and energy; renewable energy and electricity integration

Research Locations

Rosenfeld Plaque --- link: plaque - Environmental Research Letters (Institute of Physics, Science) (2012 - 2012)

Best Paper, 2010 International Energy Sustainability Conference - American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2011 - 2011)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship (2003 - 2003)

College of Engineering (CoE) Endowed Presidential Scholarship (2003 - 2003)

Bruton Fellowship (CoE) (2001 - 2001)

Thrust 2000 Fellowship (CoE) (2000 - 2000)

University Fellow (1998 - 1999)

Engineering Graduate Fellowship (CoE) (1998 - 1998)

Cooperative Education Work Program Engineering Scholar (1997 - 1997)

Ernest Cockrell Jr. Scholarship (1996 - 1996)

Engineering Scholar (1995 - 1997)

Graduate Students

Jesse M Libra (Supervisor)

Alan Barraza (Co-supervisor)

Alyssa Donovan (Supervisor)

Jared Garrison (Supervisor)

George McGuirk, M.S., 2014 (Supervisor)

John Maxwell, 2013 (Supervisor)

BLOG: Carey King's Environmental Research Web Blog

Gulf Coast Carbon Center (Bureau of Economic Geology)

Webber Energy Group

PUBLICATION: King, C. W. and Hall, C. A. S. Relating financial and energy return on investment. Sustainability, 3(10) 2011, 1810-1832; doi:10.3390/su3101810.

PUBLICATION: Henshaw, Philip F., King, Carey, and Zarnikau, Jay. System Energy Assessment (SEA), Defining a Standard Measure of EROI for Energy Businesses as Whole Systems. Sustainability, 3(10), 2011, 1908-1943; doi:10.3390/su3101908.

PUBLICATION: Tammy M Thompson, Carey W. King, David T. Allen, Michael E Webber. Air quality impacts of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in Texas: evaluating three battery charging scenarios. Environ. Res. Lett. 6, 2011 024004 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/6/2/02

PUBLICATION: Stuart M Cohen, Hannah L Chalmers, Michael E Webber, and Carey W King. Comparing post-combustion CO2 capture operation at retrofitted coal-fired power plants in the Texas and Great Britain electric grids. Environ. Res. Lett. 6, 2011 024001 do

PUBLICATION: Stillwell, A. S., C. W. King, M. E. Webber, I. J. Duncan and A. Hardberger. The Energy-Water Nexus in Texas. Ecology and Society 16 (1): 2, 2011.

PUBLICATION: King, C. W. Energy intensity ratios as net energy measures of United States energy production and expenditures. Environ. Res. Let. 5, 2010 044006 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/4/044006. Selected as a "Highlight of 2010" for Environ. Res. Lett.

Dr. King's Webber Energy Group Page

Podcast: The Water-Energy Nexus: Trading One Problem for Another?

PUBLICATION: Comprehensive Evaluation of Algal Biofuel Production: Experimental and Target Results, Energies, 5 (6), 2012:1943-1981.

Carey King website
This is Dr. King's personal research website with convenient links to his papers and research.