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

Seed Grants and Exploratory Energy Research

Faculty seed grants are awarded for research proposals with a strong potential for high impact on energy supply and use. These “proof of concept” awards bridge theory to early experiments and analysis. Seed grants are awarded each year by the Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE), the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy and the Natural Gas Initiative. The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) also provides funding for exploratory research. The Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium (BAPVC) awards grants for research that will reduce the cost of utility-scale solar modules.

Year Topic Principal Investigators Organization
2010

Research will: Identify and document the key organizational, inter-organizational, and industry...

Dana Gavrieli, civil and environmental engineering;  Raymond E. Levitt, civil and environmental engineering; Erica L. Plambeck, Graduate School of Business

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
2010

This project developed modeling software that simulates hydraulic fracturing of geothermal...

Roland Horne, energy resources engineering

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

Using solar power to produce hydrogen could be a big part of a clean energy future, but the idea...

Paul McIntyre, materials science and engineering; Christopher Chidsey, chemistry

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

The global population currently uses energy at a rate of nearly 16 terawatts, of...

Matthew Kanan, chemistry

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

This project began the development of a low-cost, high-performance alkaline exchange membrane to...

Curtis Frank, chemical engineering; Michael Toney, SLAC

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

The researchers are coating the fibers in paper and textiles with nano-scale...

Yi Cui, materials science and engineering; and Zhenan Bao, chemical engineering

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

Current solar photovoltaic cells can be comparatively efficient but expensive, like those using...

Jim Plummer, electrical engineering


 

Precourt Institute for Energy
2010

This research focuses on the development of systems analysis, control, and monitoring...

Dimitry Gorinevsky and Sanjay Lall, aeronautics-astronautics and electrical engineering

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2010

The project aims to research and begin prototype development of GridSpice, a...

Stephen Boyd, electrical engineering; Abbas El Gamal, electrical engineering; Amit Narayan, Smart Grid Research and Modeling; Dan O'Neill, electrical engineering; Benjamin Van Roy, management science and engineering and electrical engineering

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2010

The research proposed here will develop a quantitative model that seeks to fill these gaps-...

Stephen Boyd, electrical engineering; Mark Thurber, PESD; Frank Wolak, economics

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
2010

The project seeks approaches to increase the penetration of wind energy production by decreasing...

Ram Rajagopal, civil and environmental engineering

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

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