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sample of thermal plastic overlay / Fan Lab

Stanford engineers invent transparent coating that cools solar cells to boost efficiency

The hotter solar cells become, the less efficient they are at converting sunlight to electricity, a problem that has long vexed the solar industry. Now, Stanford engineers have developed a transparent overlay that increases efficiency by cooling the cells even in full sunlight.

Corroded pipeline removed from below street. / Photo courtesy of Rob Jackson

Stanford study proves pipeline replacement programs are effective

Replacing older natural gas pipelines reduces leaks and improves consumer safety.  

Spectrometry instruments at SLAC

Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project awards $9.3 million for innovative energy research

GCEP has awarded scientists at Stanford and four other universities funding to develop a suite of promising energy technologies.

4 students who received energy innovation grants

Student teams win grants to commercialize Stanford energy inventions

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams comprised mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

Fracking operation in Pennsylvania

Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows

Stanford scientist's investigations show that drinking water sources may be threatened by thousands of shallow oil and gas wells mined with the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.

Graduate student Haotian Wang

Single-catalyst water splitter from Stanford produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7

Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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Stanford researcher identifies strategy to guide consumers to green energy choices

Sebastian Lotz, a research fellow at Stanford, has shown that behavioral decision design can nudge people to purchase clean, renewable energy plans over fossil fuel.

Mark Zobeck and Fatemeh Rassoulil at computers. /Photo: Stacy H.Geiken

New research initiative at Stanford to comprehensively study development and use of natural gas

Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative will research many questions related to the responsible development of natural gas as a fuel supply in the United States and around the world.

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Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.

supercapacitor made of designer carbon by Zhenan Bao and colleagues / John To and Zheng Chen

New 'designer carbon' from Stanford boosts battery performance

The new material significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.