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Energy

June 19, 2017

Scientists, including ones at Stanford, are engaged in a bitter feud about how much of the nation's power can be generated through renewable sources.

molten iron in steel factory
May 25, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Shocking complex metal mixtures with high pressure could lead to desirable properties such as higher heat resistance and allow power plants and engines to run hotter and more efficiently.

April 19, 2017

Stanford research shows plugging methane leaks will cost about a third less than the EPA estimates, further underscoring the cost-effectiveness of emissions mitigation – but the agency will also likely fall short of its 2025 reduction targets.

Cars plugged into a charging station
April 6, 2017

New Stanford study describes a model for designing novel materials used in electrical storage devices, such as car batteries and capacitors. This approach may dramatically accelerate discovery of new materials that provide cheap and efficient ways to store energy.

solar panel cleaning robot
April 4, 2017
Instead of talking about the polarized topic of climate change, Stanford Earth scientist Rob Jackson suggests focusing on the shared benefits of addressing the problem, including job creation, health and safety.
solar panels and wind farms
March 14, 2017

Stanford's Jeffrey Ball takes a deep dive into Germany’s renewable-energy revolution, a colossal undertaking that proves that once-niche wind and solar power can power a major portion of a global economy.

Point Lobos rock formations
March 2, 2017
Tourists flock to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Monterey, Calif., for its breathtaking coastal views and glimpses of the playful sea otters and other marine mammals that can be found among its waters. But the site has long attracted geologists for a very different reason.
Child wears mouth mask in Beijing with air pollution in background.
February 28, 2017

Rather than talk about the negative things, point to the co-benefits of finding climate solutions – from economics and jobs to water and the air we breathe.

fault slip diagram
February 27, 2017

A new software tool can help reduce the risk of triggering manmade earthquakes by calculating the probability that oil and gas injection activities will trigger slip in nearby faults.

solar panels on house roof
February 7, 2017

A new low-cost, high-performance battery could provide an inexpensive storage solution for solar power, which is abundant during the day but must be stored for use at night.  

Wolf Hollow generating station
January 30, 2017

2016 marked the third year in a row when global CO2 emissions remained relatively flat, but actual declines won’t materialize without advances in carbon capture and storage technology and sustained growth in renewables.