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...
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.
New Stanford study describes a model for designing novel materials used in electrical storage devices, such as car batteries. The approach may accelerate discovery of cheaper and more efficient ways to store energy.
Neglecting the changing energy requirements of aging oilfields can lead to an underestimate of their true climate impacts.
Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded 10 faculty seed grants totaling $1.3 million for new research to advance clean energy.