Wind and solar energy installations have grown rapidly in recent decades as their costs have fallen. Will these trends continue, thereby allowing these technologies to contribute measurably to climate change mitigation? Answering this question (and other questions about the future of clean energy) requires understanding the determinants of innovation. This talk will cover recent research that reveals several key determinants, from the formulation of policy to the design of technologies. In addition to fundamental insight on the nature of technological innovation, several practical lessons emerge from this research. These lessons can help engineers and policy makers accelerate the development of clean energy to meet climate change mitigation goals.

**Join us at the Energy Social: 5:20-6:20pm, Huang Foyer** 
​The social is open to Stanford faculty, staff, and students.

Brief Bio:
Professor Trancik's research centers on evaluating the environmental impacts and costs of energy technologies, and setting design targets to help accelerate the development of these technologies in the laboratory. This work involves assembling and analyzing expansive datasets, and developing new quantitative models and theory. Projects focus on electricity and transportation, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and storage technologies.

Trancik was a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and a fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She earned a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University (1997), and a PhD in materials science from Oxford University (2002), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She has also worked for the United Nations, and as an advisor to the private sector on investment in low-carbon energy technologies. She has published in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nano Letters, and Environmental Science and Technology.

Date and Time: 
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:30pm
NVIDIA auditorium, Huang Engineering
Event Sponsor(s): 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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