Renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and plants

March 9, 2016

By Mark Shwartz

Stanford scientists have discovered a novel way to make plastic from carbon dioxide (CO2) and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses.  Researchers say the new technology could provide a low-carbon alternative to plastic bottles and other items currently made from petroleum.

Stanford-led study on grid reliability to receive 2015 Cozzarelli Prize

March 1, 2016

A Stanford-led study on grid reliability is one of six recipients of the 2015 Cozzarelli Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences.

Clean-energy revolution is happening, U.S. energy officials and Stanford researchers agree

Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?

February 25, 2016

By Glen Martin

The recent crash in oil prices notwithstanding, an economy based on fossil fuels seems unsustainable. Supplies of oil, coal and similar fuels are finite, and even if new sources are found, global warming must be considered. Limitless solar power remains the Holy Grail, but among other obstacles to widespread adoption, society needs ways to store solar energy and deliver power when the sun isn't shining.