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.

Energy Storage Integration - Vehicles, Renewables, and the Grid (CEE 176C)

Code: 
276C
This course will provide in-depth introduction to existing energy storage solutions being used on the electric grid and in vehicles with a primary focus on batteries and electrochemical storage. We will discuss the operating characteristics, cost and efficiency of these technologies and how tradeoff decisions can be made. Special attention will be given to system-level integration of new storage technologies, including chargers, inverters, battery management systems and controls, into the existing vehicle and grid infrastructure.
Subject: 
CEE
Academic Year: 
2015-2016
Section(s): 

Energy Storage Integration - Vehicles, Renewables, and the Grid (CEE 276C)

Code: 
176C
This course will provide in-depth introduction to existing energy storage solutions being used on the electric grid and in vehicles with a primary focus on batteries and electrochemical storage. We will discuss the operating characteristics, cost and efficiency of these technologies and how tradeoff decisions can be made. Special attention will be given to system-level integration of new storage technologies, including chargers, inverters, battery management systems and controls, into the existing vehicle and grid infrastructure.
Subject: 
CEE
Academic Year: 
2015-2016
Section(s): 

Applied Electrochemistry at Micro- and Nanoscale

Code: 
420
Applied electrochemistry with a focus on energy conversion and storage. Basic concepts of thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and first principal calculations are presented, of which today's fundamentals of electrochemical energy conversion/storage are built. Conventional as well as advanced Li battery concepts/systems and their applications will be a main subject area. intercalation and conversion cathode and anode material families will be introduced and electrochemical function/challenges for energy storage of these materials will be highlighted.
Subject: 
ME
Academic Year: 
2015-2016
Section(s): 

Fuel Cell Seminar

Code: 
399
Interdisciplinary research in engineering, chemistry, and physics. Talks on fundamentals of fuel cells by speakers from Stanford, other academic and research institutions, and industry. The potential to provide high efficiency and zero emissions energy conversion for transportation and electrical power generation.
Subject: 
ME
Academic Year: 
2015-2016