Energy

Stanford solar car

Stanford takes energy research to the limits

Building a solar car is one way Stanford students and researchers are developing next-generation energy sources and improving efficiency.


Water splitter

Stanford scientists develop water splitter that runs on ordinary AAA battery

Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed a cheap, emissions-free device that uses a 1.5-volt battery to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen gas could be used to power fuel cells in zero-emissions vehicles.  Video


Professor Yi Cui

Stanford researchers seek 'Holy Grail' in battery design

The goal of a pure lithium anode is drawing closer to reality with the development of a protective layer of interconnected carbon domes.


solar electric system

Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.


Precourt Institute partners with KQED on new e-book series on energy

The two-volume energy e-book series and iTunes U course can be downloaded for free on iPads and Macs.


Wind turbine blades

Net energy analysis should become a standard policy tool, Stanford scientists say

It takes energy to make energy, whether it's renewable or a fossil fuel. Net energy analysis gauges the sustainability of energy technologies over time.


thermobattery

Stanford, MIT scientists find new way to harness waste heat

Researchers have developed a new battery technology that captures waste heat and converts it into electricity. The new Stanford-MIT system is based on the principle known as the thermogalvanic effect.


Solar panels

How Stanford researchers, labs and programs focus spotlight on energy

As a global citizen and leader in science and technology, Stanford is tackling one of the most pressing issues of our time.


PV panels and agave plants

Stanford scientists model a win-win situation: growing crops on photovoltaic farms

A new model for solar farms that "co-locates" crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable biofuel plants along with solar energy. Field tests are the next step.


Matthew Kanan

Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

The new technique offers an alternative to conventional ethanol produced from corn, sugar cane and other crops.