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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Initiatives, Centers & Programs

The following centers, programs and initiatives are significant strands in the fabric of interdisciplinary energy research at Stanford.

Bits & Watts develops innovations for the electric grid needed to enable reliance on intermittent power and distributed energy resources, while keeping the grid secure and affordable.

CMC-UF seeks to understand and control the chemical and physical processes that increase hydrocarbon production while reducing produced water, contaminants and number of wells.

EMF improves understanding of energy/environment problems and solutions. It examines the strengths and limitations of alternative models and analytical approaches.

GCEP was a $225-million sponsored-research program that helped launch multi-disciplinary energy research at Stanford. Program leaders funded research projects at the university and at leading institutions around the world.

The Stanford Hydrogen Initiative convenes multi-disciplinary collaborations to accelerate the use of hydrogen to achieve deep decarbonization of the global energy system to address climate change. 

NGI investigates how to use natural gas to its greatest benefit. Members of this affiliate program support Stanford research in engineering, science, policy, geopolitics and business.

A U.S. Energy Frontier Research Center, PTL seeks photonic operations at thermodynamic limits by controlling photons, electrons and phonons in materials architected at the atomic level.

PESD draws on economics, political science, law and management to investigate how real energy markets work. It informs policy makers around the world on the impacts of those markets.

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.

SCCS answers critical question about the transport and fate of CO2 stored in partially- to fully-depleted oil fields, saline aquifers and other unconventional reservoirs.

SEEPAC analyzes and evaluates policies to address issues such as climate change, air pollution, vulnerability to oil supply disruptions and energy conservation.

SIMES, which is jointly run by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford, researches combinations of complex and novel materials for clean and economical energy.

The StorageX Initiative addresses gaps between academic and industrial R &D by accelerating the development, translation and adoption of energy storage solutions.

The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance explores and develops economically sensible policy and finance solutions that advance cleaner and more secure energy.

Large global companies support energy research and education with Stanford through the Strategic Energy Alliance as sponsored research, pooled funds and gifts.

The SUNCAT Center explores atomic-scale design of catalysts critical to future energy technologies, like artificial photosynthesis, batteries, fuel cells and cleaner fuels.

SFI works to accelerate funding for the decarbonization of global systems by developing advanced policies and financial mechanisms, educating leaders, and engaging global policy and finance.

The TomKat Center funds renewable energy research and supports translation of research in sustainability toward commercialization. In education, it grants postdoctoral fellowships and summer internships.