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March 9, 2016


GCEP grants $7.6 million for transformative energy research.

New technology makes metal wires on solar cells nearly invisible to light.

Forbes magazine honors GCEP alums and graduate student.

GCEP's William Cheuh receives 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship.

From the Director

It has been a busy and productive quarter for GCEP. Highlights included a Future Vision Workshop on Deep Decarbonization of the Global Energy System. We explored the pathways for the transportation, electricity, and industrial sectors to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% or more.

We are delighted to share with you the latest GCEP news this quarter:

  • GCEP awards $7.6 million for transformative energy research to six teams at Stanford and other universities. Efforts include creating polymers to make vehicles more aerodynamic and new technologies to reduce emissions from fossil-fuel power plants in developing economies.
  • Engineers use rust to build solar cells capable of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. This unexpected discovery by a GCEP group led by William Chueh and Nicholas Melosh could make large-scale solar power storage a reality.
  • Advances in lignin research by GCEP investigators could lead to improved efficiency in the production of biofuels.
  • New technology makes metal wires on solar cells nearly invisible to light according to Yi Cui and members of his lab. Learn how this could lead to a new paradigm in the design and fabrication of solar cells.

We'd also like to highlight GCEP researchers who have been recognized for their scientific achievements:

  • Forbes magazine's annual 30 Under 30 in Energy list honors GCEP alums Colin Bailie and Tim Burke, and graduate student Andrew Scheuermann.
  • Zhenan Bao was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional honor that can be bestowed in the field.
  • Kate Maher received an award from the American Geophysical Union recognizing her work in environmental geochemistry.
  • Hongjie Dai was honored by the Materials Research Society with a Mid-Career Researcher Award.
  • William Cheuh received a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship, which recognizes scholars who show promise early in their career.

Plus, check out recent peer-reviewed publications from GCEP researchers.

Thank you for your time and on-going support of GCEP.

Sally M. Benson, Director
Global Climate and Energy Project
What's New
A GCEP team's unexpected discovery that rust can be used to make more efficient solar cells could make large-solar-power energy storage a reality.
Game-Changing Research
Vijay Narasimhan (left) explains how he and colleagues from the Yi Cui Group created a new technique that could improve the relative efficiency of solar cells by 10 percent.
Inside GCEP
GCEP has awarded $7.6 million for research efforts ranging from lightweight materials for vehicles to new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing economies.
Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Energy list honors Colin Bailie (left), Tim Burke and Andrew Scheuermann, all of whom have conducted innovative research for GCEP while at Stanford.
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