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Strategic Energy Research Consortium

SERC was established by the Strategic Energy Alliance to support fundamental, pre-commercial, high-risk, high-reward research in the field of energy. SERC provides an opportunity to develop and explore novel concepts in the area of energy science, technology, systems analysis, and policy and is modeled on the Global Climate & Energy Project, which completed its run at Stanford in 2018.

Current Efforts

Atomic Scale Control of Thermal Radiation for Passive Cooling of Buildings
Mark Brongersma, Materials Science and Engineering; Shanhui Fan, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Recyclable Doped Organic Semiconductors as Electrocatalysts – a Single Material with Optimized Reactivity, Charge and Mass Transport
Alberto Salleo and William Chueh, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

A Geo-Inspired Clinker for a Low Carbon Future
Tiziana Vanorio, Geophysics; Alberto Salleo, Materials Science and Engineering; Matteo Cargnello, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

Genetic Engineering of Algal Producer Strains for Advanced Biofuels
Ellen Yeh, Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford Medical School; Arthur Grossman, Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Biology (by courtesy), Stanford University

The Transition to a Climate-Neutral Gas Utility: Modeling the Intersection of Technology and Regulation
Adam Brandt, Energy Resources Engineering; Michael Wara, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Global Negative Emission Potential Across Scales: Envisioning Resilient, Equitable, and Effective Portfolios
Chris Field, Director – Woods Institute for the Environment, Earth System Science, Stanford University

Videos

Please view below videos of presentations on the SERC program and its current research projects given at Energy Solutions Week on May 4, 2022, hosted by the Precourt Institute for Energy.

Strategic Energy Research Consortium (SERC)
Richard Sassoon, Executive Director, Strategic Energy Alliance, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

Atomic Scale Control of Thermal Radiation for Passive Cooling of Buildings
Mark Brongersma, Stephen Harris Professor and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, of Applied Physics, Stanford University

A Biological Perspective of Liquid Fuel Production in Algae
Arthur Grossman, Staff Scientist, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science and Professor, by courtesy, Biology, Stanford University

A Geo-Inspired Cement: A Geoscience and Engineering Approach
Tiziana Vanorio, Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and, by courtesy, of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

The Transition to a Climate-Neutral Gas Utility: Modeling the Intersection of Technology and Regulation
Adam Brandt, Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

The Role of Nature-Based Solutions in Negative Emissions Portfolios
Connor Nolan, Postdoctoral Scholar in Biology, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past Request for Proposals

In July 2020, SERC invited proposals from Stanford faculty performing new research in energy in the following areas:
Theme 1.  Energy Science and Technologies

  • Renewable, sustainable and carbon-neutral/negative energy technologies
  • Greenhouse gas management strategies that have the potential to be scalable cost-effectively to Gigaton levels of CO2-equivalent reductions and that may include nature-based solutions not directly related to energy
  • Resilience; efficiency; safety; and affordability of energy systems and devices
  • Life cycle and energy systems analysis; Computational modeling to understand complexity; Improved and integrated assessment models.

Theme 2.  Energy Finance, Human Behavior, and Policy

  • Finance/investment/policy to enable low carbon/zero carbon/renewable technologies
  • Market and regulatory policy design and implementation strategies
  • Behavior/human factors in the use of energy

25 research proposals were submitted and reviewed by internal and external panels. Six efforts were selected to share in the $5.1M in total funding and here is an article about the awards.