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The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy was formed to harness the skills and creativity of Stanford University's leading science, technology, and policy experts to transform the world's energy systems for a sustainable future.  It was established in 2009 with a gift made by Stanford alumni and husband-and-wife team Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor.


The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy works to transform the world's energy systems by:

  • Identifying key challenges and defining research agendas

  • Carrying out evaluation and analysis

  • Challenging our faculty to form interdisciplinary groups to provide new approaches to problem solving

  • Developing methods for analysis that will be adopted by other practitioners

  • Performing systems-level and cross-disciplinary research

  • Facilitating translation to actual applied technology

  • Proposing and deploying innovative solutions


To maximize our impact we engage in strategic activities to accomplish our goals.

  • Research Provide seed-grant funding to early stage faculty research to develop transformational sustainable energy technologies

  • Outreach Support events and publications

  • Education Support the development of the next generation of energy leaders by providing sustainable-energy educational opportunities to students campus-wide through course grants, summer internships, and by supporting student-led initiatives and activities

  • Innovation Transfer Provide resources, including seed funding, to Stanford teams to develop and externalize practical, commercializable, sustainable energy solutions