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2002 GCEP announcement:
Lynn Orr


2012 GCEP Research Symposium - October 10 - 11 @ Stanford University

From the Director

The Global Climate and Energy Project has reached a major milestone – our 10th anniversary. On Nov. 20, 2002, Stanford University President John Hennessy and Professor Lynn Orr announced the formation of GCEP, a unique partnership between four of the world's leading corporations and Stanford. Motivated by the need to provide affordable and secure energy with low greenhouse gas emissions to a growing global population, ExxonMobil, GE, Toyota and Schlumberger joined together to support fundamental scientific and engineering research to underpin a new generation of energy technologies. This year, DuPont joined the GCEP partnership, bringing new perspectives and insights about the global energy challenge.

Now, here we are, 10 years later, having funded 80 scientific programs, supported research for over 600 graduate students and 165 faculty members at 39 research institutions worldwide. Our researchers have published more than 500 papers in leading journals and given more than 700 presentations at research conferences. Our countless conversations with other scientists and engineers have enriched and sharpened the focus of our research.

Using the scientific tools of modeling, theory, experimentation and simulation – combined with the ingenuity of our faculty, staff and students – we have developed new approaches for improving solar cells, fuels from sunlight, biofuel feedstocks and longer lasting and higher energy density batteries. We have also explored new techniques for safely storing carbon dioxide underground, combusting fossil fuels more efficiently and even charging the battery of your electric car while you drive down the road.

On this occasion, we would like to extend a special thanks to you and our sponsors for supporting us over the years.

Please join us as we kick off a celebration of cutting-edge energy research at the GCEP Research Symposium: "Creating a Bright Energy Future – GCEP at 10 Years" on October 10-11 at Stanford.

We hope that you will also read more below about the exciting efforts that GCEP is working on to bring us into the next decade of energy innovations.


Sally M. Benson, Director
Global Climate and Energy Project
What's New
GCEP provides funding for scoping research activities that test potential step-out ideas. This year, the Project awarded four exploratory research grants to Stanford faculty for promising proposals in the areas of transportation, energy storage, artificial photosynthesis and advanced combustion.
Game-Changing Research
Microbes that convert electricity into methane gas could become an important source of renewable energy, according to GCEP scientists from Stanford and Penn State universities. See how these researchers are using microbes to make "clean" methane.
Inside GCEP
Many of the exciting discoveries and technologies developed at GCEP have blossomed into large-scale research programs at Stanford and other leading institutions. Find out about five major follow-on projects with deep roots in GCEP.
GCEPeople
GCEP principal investigator Kate Maher was selected as a 2012 Distinguished Lecturer and recently returned from an East Coast visit with our sponsors' R&D teams. She talks about that unique experience and the goal of her GCEP carbon storage research program.

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GCEP is sponsored by ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger and DuPont, and formerly by Toyota.

 
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