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Initiatives, Centers & Programs


Bits & Watts Initiative

Bits & Watts is a Stanford University initiative focused on innovations for the 21st century electric grid—a new grid paradigm that is needed to incorporate large amounts of clean power and a growing number of distributed energy resources, while simultaneously enabling grid reliability, resilience, security and affordability.

Stanford Natural Gas Initiative

The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative brings together faculty and students from across campus to conduct research on the wide range of issues related to the responsible development of natural gas as a bridge fuel leading to a decarbonized energy future. 

StorageX Initiative

StorageX brings together a world-class interdisciplinary group of Stanford faculty from over seven departments to tackle the grand challenges in energy storage. Leveraging Stanford's expertise from materials science to economics, StorageX solidifies Stanford's unique role in translating fundamental discoveries to widespread application.

Sustainable Finance Initiative

The Sustainable Finance Initiative works with public, private and development institutions to engage Stanford researchers in developing the finance and policy tools needed for the transition toward a decarbonized and climate-resilient global economy.

Centers & Programs

Center for Automotive Research at Stanford

The Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) brings together researchers, students, industry, government and the community to enable a future of human-centered mobility. Understanding how people and machines work together has never been so important than when building vehicles of the future. CARS supports educational experiences for students, infrastructure for research and events that bring students and campus researchers together with industry professionals and the broader community.

Center for Mechanistic Control of Water-Hydrocarbon-Rock Interactions in Unconventional and Tight Oil Formations

The mission of CMC-UF is to seek fundamental mechanistic understanding to achieve control over the various non-equilibrium chemical and physical processes occurring in shale that increases hydrocarbon production while decreasing the amount of produced water, contaminants, and the number of wells drilled.

Energy Modeling Forum

The Energy Modeling Forum improves understanding of energy/environment problems and solutions by examining the strengths and limitations of alternative models and analytical approaches. 

Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP)

The Global Climate & Energy Project, a pioneering partnership between academia and industry, supports research on groundbreaking energy technologies that significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while meeting the world’s energy needs. 

Photonics at Thermodynamic Limits

The Photonics at Thermodynamic Limits Energy Frontier Research Center (PTL-EFRC) strives to achieve photonic operations at thermodynamic limits by controlling the flow of photons, electrons, and phonons in atomically-architected materials, and thereby enable entirely new energy conversion systems.

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development is an international program that draws on economics, political science, law and management to investigate how real energy markets work. This means understanding not only what is technologically possible and economically efficient, but also how actual political and regulatory processes lead to outcomes that are more costly and less effective than they could be.

Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy

The Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy at the Hoover Institution addresses U.S. energy policy as it affects, or is affected by, the economy, the environment and national security.

Stanford Center for Carbon Storage

The mission of SCCS is “Managing carbon emissions research to address critical questions related to capture, flow physics, monitoring, and geochemistry, simulation of the transport and fate of CO2 in geologic media using a multidisciplinary approach.”

Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center

Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center, launched by the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, analyzes and evaluates policies to address a range of issues, including climate change, air pollution, vulnerability to oil supply disruptions and energy conservation.

Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences

The Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences (SIMES) researches combinations of complex and novel materials for clean and economical energy. SIMES is jointly run by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford.

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint center of the Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business, explores and develops economically sensible policy and finance solutions that advance cleaner and more secure energy.

SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis

The SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis: explores atomic-scale design of catalysts critical to future energy technologies, like artificial photosynthesis, batteries, fuel cells and cleaner fuels. The center is a partnership between the Stanford School of Engineering and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory .

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy identifies and supports energy research, education, and innovation. The center’s efforts focus on meeting challenges in the areas of electricity and transportation, including generation and conversion, transmission and distribution, energy storage, and land and water use.