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man in hazmat suit pointing to damaged Fukushima reactor / Greg Webb/IAEA

Fukushima five years later: Stanford nuclear expert offers three lessons from the disaster

Rethink our language, reassess natural disaster risks and appreciate the links between nuclear energy and renewables.

Xiaofei Ye (left) and Liming Zhang adjusting experimental device / Tom Abate

Stanford engineers use rust to build a solar-powered battery

Heating simple metal oxides, like rust, could become the foundation for a solar technology that would make and store electricity by separating the hydrogen and oxygen atoms that make up water.

Technician collects drinking water

Stanford scientist weighs the risk of groundwater contamination from oil and gas wells

Faulty, shallow wells can leak oil and natural gas into underground drinking-water supplies, Stanford Professor Rob Jackson finds.

rendering of a futurisic automobile / Antii Eskeli, industrial designer

Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project awards $7.6 million for energy research

GCEP is funding innovative energy research at Stanford and three other universities.

worker taking samples from a damaged drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant / U.S. Dept. of Energy

Buried nuclear waste risky, say Stanford experts

Radioactive material from the laboratories that design America's nuclear weapons will have to be buried and kept away from humans for at least 10,000 years. But three Stanford experts say the safety analysis of this project needs to be revised to reflect new strategies that aim to substantially increase the amounts of plutonium to be disposed of.

polyethylene film that prevents lithium-ion battery from overheating / Zheng Chen 

New Stanford battery shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools

Stanford researchers have invented a lithium-ion battery that could prevent battery fires that have plagued laptops, hoverboards and other electronic devices.  

Natural gas flares in North Dakota

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.