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Stanford Energy Research Centers and Programs

Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium

The Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium funds research to overcome technical barriers to, and reduce the cost of, solar installations. It is jointly managed by Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley with guidance from industry.

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.

Energy Modeling Forum (EMF)

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 and Energy Project (GCEP)

The Global Climate and 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. 

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC)

The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center works to understand and overcome market, policy, technology and behavioral barriers to economically efficient reductions of energy use, and to inform public and private policymaking.

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD)

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 (SSTFEP)

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 Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC)

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 (SIMES)

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.

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. 

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance (STCEPF)

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 (SUNCAT)

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 .

Sustainable Energy Initiative

The Sustainable Energy Initiative in the Graduate School of Business supports and coordinates research on the transition to energy systems with low carbon emissions. Projects supported by the initiative will focus on the interplay of business fundamentals, technological innovations and public policy.

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy (TomKat)

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.