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GCEP Research Symposium 2011
Addressing the Changing Energy Landscape
Tuesday, October 4 - Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
Stanford University

More than 500 people from academia, industry, government and the investment community attended the seventh annual GCEP Research Symposium in October 2011.

The two-day event featured special talks by key U.S. energy thought leaders, including:

  • Dan Arvizu, NREL, “Deployment of Renewable Energy Resources at Speed and Scale”
  • Rob Gardner, ExxonMobil, “The Importance of Natural Gas”
  • Burton Richter, Stanford University, “Perspectives on Nuclear Energy”
  • Gov. Bill Ritter, Colorado State University, “Creating a New Energy Economy in America”
  • George Shultz and Thomas Stephenson, Hoover Institution, “Addressing Threats to National Security and Adverse Effects on Global Climate through Our Energy Use”
  • David Victor, University of California at San Diego, “Global Warming Gridlock”

The symposium showcased the latest technological innovations from GCEP researchers in the areas of solar energy, bioenergy, carbon-based energy systems and advanced energy transformations and storage. On Oct. 4, students from around the world participated in a major poster session highlighting the results of GCEP research collaborations.


A highlight of the symposium was a series of lively Energy 101 Tutorials conducted by four leading researchers:

Solar Energy 101: an overview of solar cell technology, cost and future by Michael McGehee, materials science and engineering at Stanford.

Electric Grid 101: a primer on power generation, transmission, distribution and load on the North American grid by Thomas Overbye, electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Carbon Capture 101: a discussion of state-of-the-art research on capturing CO2 from the atmosphere by Jennifer Wilcox, energy resources engineering at Stanford.

Shale Gas 101: opportunities and challenges of producing natural gas from shale by Mark Zoback, geophysics at Stanford.



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