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September 12, 2008

GCEP symposium considers 'Energy Research-Five Years and Beyond'

The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) will hold its fourth annual energy research symposium Oct. 1-3 at Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center.

As GCEP marks its fifth anniversary this year, the theme of the conference will be "Energy Research—Five Years and Beyond." Researchers from Stanford and around the world will discuss the project's progress and the opportunities that could lead to energy technologies with significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The three-day event is free and open to the Stanford community and other researchers and energy professionals, but registration is required by Sept. 23. For registration and a schedule of events, go to

"After five years of research in a broad array of technical areas, GCEP continues to learn and grow," said Franklin M. Orr Jr., GCEP director. "At this symposium, we have assembled an excellent set of speakers, including many of our own researchers, who will describe the latest science and engineering research that could lead to energy-conversion options with much lower GHG emissions."

The first day of the conference will include general sessions in which representatives from a number of university-based energy research programs will give their outlook on energy research in the next five years. In the afternoon of the first day, technical leaders from GCEP will give an overview of the research progress made and the opportunities that lie ahead in a broad set of energy areas over the next five years.

Technical sessions on the second and third days will include presentations by GCEP investigators highlighting the results of their research and poster sessions in which all GCEP investigators and their graduate students will provide details of their work.

The symposium will cover the following topics:

Wednesday, Oct. 1: General Sessions
  • Perspectives on Energy Research in the Next Five Years (morning)
  • Progress in Energy Research and Opportunities in the Next Five Years (afternoon)
  • Thursday, Oct. 2: Technical/Poster Sessions
  • Solar Energy (morning)
  • Biofuels and Bioenergy Conversion (afternoon)
  • Friday, Oct. 3: Technical/Poster Sessions
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (morning)
  • Advanced Energy Transformations and Storage (afternoon)
  • With the support and participation of four international companies—ExxonMobil, General Electric, Schlumberger and Toyota, GCEP is a collaboration of energy experts from research institutions and private industry. The project's sponsors plan to invest a total of $225 million over more than a decade as GCEP explores energy technologies that are efficient, environmentally benign and cost effective when deployed on a large scale.

    GCEP's wide-ranging research portfolio includes activities that investigate the materials science of photovoltaics, the growth and conversion of biomass, the development of better batteries, high efficiency energy conversions in fuel cells, advanced combustion, and carbon capture and storage. For more information, visit the web at

    Maxine Lym is communications manager for GCEP.

    Editor Note:

    A photo of Orr is available on the web at



    Maxine Lym, Global Climate and Energy Project: (650) 725-3228,


    Franklin M. Orr Jr., Global Climate and Energy Project: (650) 725-3230,

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