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New ways to find natural gas leaks quickly

Finding natural gas leaks more quickly and at lower cost could reduce methane emissions. Ten promising technologies mounted on drones, trucks and airplanes were tested last year. The results are in.

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Stanford’s Strategic Energy Alliance adds Shell as fourth founding member

Shell is now a member of The Alliance, a research program in collaboration with industry to accelerate the transition to affordable, low-carbon, secure energy systems around the world. 

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New discipline proposed: Macro-energy systems—the science of the energy transition

Sally Benson and Adam Brandt propose 'macro-energy systems,' a new academic discipline of the science of the energy transition, in a recent paper.

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Daniel Tartakovsky awarded by France-Stanford Center For Interdisciplinary Studies

The ERE professor is collaborating with the University of Montpellier to study how newly developed subsurface temperature experiments can improve our ability to identify major fractures and estimate their properties. 

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Sally Benson, Adam Brandt honored by Society of Petroleum Engineers

Benson received the International Health, Safety, and Environment Award and Adam Brandt received the Regional Health, Safety and Environment Award and the Regional Sustainability and Stewardship in the Oil and Gas Industry Award from SPE.

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Crunching the numbers is key to corporate sustainability

“To guarantee 100 percent emissions reductions from renewable energy, power consumption needs to be matched with renewable generation on an hourly basis,” Sally Benson says.

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Energy producers join hunt for ‘cleaner barrels’

Research by Adam Brandt that found the carbon intensity of oil production per barrel or equivalent varied widely by source countries is cited in an article about the future of oil and gas production.

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Summer reading: Sparking curiosity and conversations about our planet

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 22 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth graduates: Meet the planet’s challenges

Stanford Earth graduates are uniquely prepared to deliver solutions for humanity’s critical challenges, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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Finding and fixing natural gas leaks quickly and economically

Natural gas leaks claim lives, damage the climate and waste money. Research teams at Stanford are working on better ways to find and fix gas leaks quickly and inexpensively.

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What's new in corporate renewables

A recent paper from Stanford's Sally Benson explores the difference in yearly averages and fluctuations in the power mix from hour to hour — and what it means for climate change. Navigate to What's new in corporate renewables

A Facebook first: Tech giant invests directly in a renewable energy project

Facebook has committed to reaching 100 percent renewables by 2020, and now it's investing in a solar project. But research from Sally Benson notes that doesn't necessarily equate to clean energy around the clock.

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The difference between '100% renewable' and '100% carbon-free'

Most companies haven’t fully explored the real emissions impact of their shift to renewables, says Stanford Earth professor Sally Benson. Navigate to The difference between '100% renewable' and '100% carbon-free'

When 100% renewable energy doesn't mean zero carbon

As power grids move away from fossil fuels, companies seeking to cut out carbon emissions will have to go beyond commitments to renewables. The type and timing of renewable energy used can have a big effect on envir

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SCCS names Sarah Saltzer managing director

Sarah Saltzer brings experience in geology research and teaching, petroleum engineering, corporate relationship management and more to the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage.

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The methane detectives: On the trail of a global warming mystery

Research co-authored by Stanford Earth's Adam Brandt suggests that more than half the volume of all methane emissions from natural gas come from just the largest 5 percent of leaks. Navigate to The methane detectives: On the trail of a global warming mystery
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