Energy

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory —

First closeups of how a lithium-metal electrode ages

Scientists have documented a process that makes these next-gen batteries lose charge – and eventually some of their capacity for storing energy – even when a device is turned off.

In the coldest of times, wind energy production heats up

Using the latest climate and energy models, Mark Jacobson shows that wind energy production increases during the coldest spells when heat demand is highest and can help prevent cold weather–related blackouts.

Lessons from Fukushima disaster 10 years later

A decade after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan, Stanford experts discuss revelations about radiation from the disaster, advances in earthquake science related to the event and how its devastating impact has influenced strategies for tsunami defense and local warning systems.

How to power up battery manufacturing in India

India will need to make the switch from coal to renewable energy to meet its ambitious decarbonization goals. Batteries could be key to meeting these targets and represent an opportunity to develop the country’s battery manufacturing industry.

Major SESI expansion planned

The doubling of SESI’s chilled water capacity will help minimize the risks of energy curtailments at Stanford campus buildings and hospitals during heat waves.

How earthquake swarms arise

A new fault simulator maps out how interactions between pressure, friction and fluids rising through a fault zone can lead to slow-motion quakes and seismic swarms.

Predicting wildfires with CAT scans

Engineers at Stanford have used X-ray CT scans, more common in hospital labs, to study how wood catches fire. They’ve now turned that knowledge into a computer simulation to predict where fires will strike and spread.