In addition to the fundamental science research performed by its funded research groups, GCEP supports a small energy analysis team of staff and students. This group examines energy technologies from a comparative and systems point of view in order to help maintain the research portfolio and contribute to discussion in the greater energy community. This group is divided into three parts: Technology Assessment, Systems Analysis, and Portfolio Analysis.
- Technology Assessment is conducted by a group of three GCEP staff members who organize energy workshops in various areas of energy research and issues reports. These workshops and reports are intended to assess the state of the art in low greenhouse gas energy technologies and generate discussion among researchers in the context of GCEP's goals.
- Systems Analysis is performed by a team of two GCEP staff members and a small group of Stanford students who construct detailed thermodynamic models of specific energy technologies. These models highlight areas of opportunity for increasing the efficiency of current technologies and assess the thermodynamic feasibility and desirability of proposed technological options.
- Portfolio Analysis activities are led by a set of Research Theme Leaders who are experts in specific energy areas. They provide insight into the current state of the field and highlight areas and opportunities where GCEP research could make a significant contribution.
- Exergy Flow Charts are drawn by GCEP staff who convert data on energy supply and consumption into exergy numbers which reflect the thermodynamic value of resources. The charts encourage dialogue about resource utilization by helping to visualize the relationships between energy reservoirs, conversions and services.