From the Director
First of all, congratulations to four technical leaders who have been affiliated with GCEP on receiving one of the highest professional distinctions for an engineer — election to the National Academy of Engineering. Professors Craig Bowman and Thomas Overbye along with ExxonMobil's Rex Tillerson and Thomas Degnan were recently honored.
In this newsletter, I'd like to share with you the very latest about innovative GCEP research, including:
$6.6 million in new awards that could lead to clean-burning fuels and lower carbon dioxide emissions
An improved PETE solar energy chip that is about 100 times more efficient
A novel approach for calculating the energetic cost of grid-scale batteries and other storage technologies
New ways to remove atmospheric CO2 through carbon-negative technologies
Plus, our annual research symposium "Creating a Bright Energy Future: GCEP at 10 Years." at Stanford University kicked off our tenth anniversary and featured 40 outstanding speakers, including:
Ajit Sapre, group president of research and technology for Reliance Industries, who gave a thought-provoking presentation about the energy technology needs of developing countries. The talk inspired GCEP and Reliance Industries to collaborate on hosting a workshop in India on this topic in May 2013.
Thomas Johansson, co-chair of the executive committee for the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). Johansson described how the work of 300 authors from five continents was compiled into the GEA's ground-breaking,1800-page report exploring the role of energy and global sustainability.
Douglas Muzyka, senior vice president and chief science & technology officer at DuPont, who provided an enlightening industry perspective on energy research where the key solution is science through collaboration.
Videos of these talks, as well as GCEP technical presentations, panel discussions and Energy 101 tutorials from the conference are available on the GCEP symposium website.
We look forward to your continued interest and support as GCEP forges ahead with more exciting research activities.