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March 2013

New GCEP awards to develop carbon-neutral energy technologies

Reliance Industries' Ajit Sapre offers a 'Gandhian engineering' approach to energy

DuPont's Douglas Muzyka shares an industry perspective

Symposium panel discussion on the grand challenges in global energy

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 COthrough 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.

Sally M. Benson, Director
Global Climate and Energy Project
What's New
$6.6 million in new GCEP research awards to develop carbon-neutral fuels and carbon-capture systems will be shared by seven research teams — six from Stanford and one from Carnegie Mellon University.
Game-Changing Research
GCEP researchers Nicholas Melosh and Jared Schwede along with Zhi-Xun Shen have improved their PETE technology to be about 100 times more efficient than its previous design in converting the sun's light and heat into electricity.
Inside GCEP
Following our 2012 workshop on Energy Suppy with Negative Emissions, GCEP scientists Jennifer Milne and Chris Field released a report assessing new ways to reduce atmospheric CO2 through carbon-negative technologies. GCEP is evaluating research proposals in this area.
Grid-Scale Storage
GCEP postdoctoral fellow Charlie Barnhart and Sally Benson have developed a novel approach for calculating the energetic cost of building larger batteries and other storage technologies for the electrical grid.
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