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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

A way for carbon capture at biorefineries to pay off

A new paper maps out how tax credits and possible incentives from state fuel standards could allow ethanol producers to profit from removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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EPA's proposed rollbacks of mileage standards are a terrible idea

Rob Jackson argues that proposed EPA mileage rollbacks are shortsighted and a matter of human health as well as economics.

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Potential impacts of emissions rule rollback

An economist and climate policy expert discuss the possible consequences to fuel efficiency regulation changes.

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Negative-emissions systems to protect climate

New study examines the potential for biomass growing sites, CO2 storage sites, and co-location. In the near term, the technology could remove up to 110 million tons of CO2, or 1.5% of total U.S. emissions annually. 

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