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Securing The Energy Future

Energy is critical to nearly all human endeavors

As the world population grows to exceed 10 billion this century, how can we expand the energy system to meet human needs in ways that are both economically and environmentally sustainable? Stanford Earth and other schools at Stanford are investing heavily in research aimed at developing new approaches, technologies, and policies for a reliable, affordable, and low- or no-carbon energy future. As we move toward that future, our research aims to help ensure that fossil fuels are extracted and used as efficiently as possible, with the fewest negative consequences, and in a way that complements the growth of renewable resources.

How our scientists work toward the energy future

The world will use 100 million barrels of oil a day for the next 50 years, despite the march toward renewable energy. Will we do that in an uncontrolled way? Stanford Earth researchers are developing greener ways of extracting oil and mitigating the resulting greenhouse gases. Read more...
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Our top competencies in energy research

At Stanford Earth, our five core capabilities transcend specific types of energy resources and can be applied across the energy landscape. Read more.

Meet some of the faculty who are helping to secure the energy future

Margot Gerritsen
Margot Gerritsen

Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Sally Benson
Sally Benson

Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Lou Durlofsky
Lou Durlofsky

Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Mark Zoback
Mark Zoback

Professor of Geophysics

Tony Kovscek
Tony Kovscek

Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Jef Caers
Jef Caers

Professor of Geological Sciences

Water and Power in the Pacific Northwest

A Sophomore College undergraduate field learning course

Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI)

The revolution in natural gas production has changed the energy outlook in much of the world and thrust this resource into the global spotlight as a potential bridge to a cleaner energy future. It has raised hopes, along with concerns. Watch.

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Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

A university-wide resource for energy research, conferences, and connections.

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Energy-related news

Earthquakes from oil field wastewater

Underground disposal of wastewater from fossil fuel production in the nation’s largest oil field is causing long-dormant faults to slip in a way that could damage wells, according to new analyses of satellite and seismicity data.

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How one ‘extreme’ plant could help biologists engineer climate-resistant crops

Stanford biologist José Dinneny is studying why one plant grows faster in stressful conditions. His results could help scientists engineer food and biofuel crops to survive in harsher environments. (Source: Stanford News)

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Reversible fuel cells can support grid economically

Integrated reversible power-to-gas systems can also convert hydrogen back to electricity as a backup power source surprisingly economically, new research finds.

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Study finds high energy use provides little benefit for health and well-being in richer nations

Analysis of data from 140 countries suggests many rich countries could use less energy per capita without compromising health, happiness or prosperity. Countries struggling with energy poverty may be able to maximize well-being with less energy than previously thought.

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