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Global fossil-fuel emissions could decline in 2015, Stanford-led study finds

An international research team reports that the rapid increase in global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels has slowed in the past two years.

Members of the Faculty Senate in hard hats walking through the facility. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Faculty Senate tours Stanford's new energy facility

The senate held its last meeting of fall quarter in the university's new Central Energy Facility, which opened with great fanfare last spring.

Researchers in Yi Cui lab

Stanford engineers develop 'invisible wires' that could improve solar cell efficiency

Making the electrical wiring on top of solar cells nearly invisible to incoming light, using silicon nanopillars to hide the wires, could dramatically boost solar-cell efficiency.  

solar panels and wind turbines / genuisksy/Shutterstock

Stanford researcher suggests storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day

Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson's proposal addresses the issue of how to affordably store wind, water and solar power.

Sun shining

Stanford designs underwater solar cells that turn captured greenhouse gases into fuel

Taking a cue from plants, researchers figure out how to use the sun's energy to combine CO2 with H2O to create benign chemical products, as part of a futuristic technology called artificial photosynthesis.

Aerial view as Central Energy Facility nears completion in November 2014 / Todd Quam

Stanford issues statement on climate change ahead of Paris conference

With an international conference on climate change approaching, Stanford issues a call for global leaders to look to universities for solutions – and highlights steps Stanford has taken to implement sustainable practices.

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.