Skip to content

Energy Transformation Collaborative

The Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC) is a unique project-based energy innovation course that provides Stanford students with a platform to envision, develop, and create high-impact new clean energy ventures and to develop the skill sets that will enable them to be effective global clean energy innovation leaders going into the future.

Winter 2018 Course

Meets Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20p in Green 104.

How do we create and successfully scale the hundreds of energy ventures required to address the global energy challenge?

ETC is led by three Stanford Precourt Energy Scholars with decades of energy technology, business, and policy expertise: David Danielson (former Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy), Stuart Macmillan (a Chief Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), and Joel Moxley (founder of Foro Energy, Biota Technology and RhoAI). Dave, Stuart and Joel will lead interdisciplinary teams who research, analyze and develop detailed launch plans for high-impact ventures in the context of a new energy development framework offered in this course. Teams will present their analysis and findings to a panel of industry leaders at the end of the quarter. This course will include a combination of lectures by the course instructors and outside energy leaders, in addition to extensive hands-on support to project teams from course instructors and staff. Past panel judges include Jagdeep Singh (QuantumScape), Cathy Zoi (Odyssey Energy), Ben Tarbell (X), Marianne Wu (GE), Shally Shanker (Schmidt Family Foundation),  Brook Porter (Kleiner Perkins), and Arun Majumdar.


Pilot funding was provided by a philanthropic sponsor, the President’s Fund, the School of Earth Sciences and the Precourt Institute. Over time, funding will come from corporate affiliates, with complementary resourcing from participating start-ups companies, government agencies and NGOs. The benefits to corporate participants include: interaction with Stanford students as prospective employees, collaboration with distinguished faculty, membership in Stanford’s ETC, early access to pilot designs and data, and the potential rapid commercialization of pilot projects. A critical outcome of the ETC will be the creation of a generation of energy leaders with problem-solving ability and a continuous capacity for innovation.