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The Precourt Institute for Energy is now part of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.


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Stanford scientists are looking for environmentally benign ways to produce ethanol, methanol and other renewable fuels from plants and microbes. Areas of research include renewable energy from wastewater; new methods for delignifying woody cellulosic biomass; genetically engineering E. coli bacteria to increase production of biodiesel; novel microbial bioreactors that use renewable electricity to generate methane and hydrogen; and analyses of how biofuel crops impact land, water, climate and air quality.