Energy

Stanford Solar Car Project team to compete in Australia

A solar car named Sundae developed by Stanford students is about to race more than 1,800 miles across the Australian Outback, testing the limits of cutting-edge technologies and undergraduate ingenuity.

Sending excess heat into the sky

Stanford scientists cooled water without electricity by sending excess heat where it won’t be noticed – space. The specialized optical surfaces they developed are a major step toward applying this technology to air conditioning and refrigeration.

New solar cell inspired by insect eyes

A new solar cell inspired by the compound eyes of insects could help scientists overcome a major roadblock to the development of solar panels based on a promising material called perovskite.

Making the case for nuclear energy

Jeremy Carl and David Fedor, research scholars at the Hoover Institution, discuss the state of nuclear energy in the U.S. They analyze nuclear’s benefits as well as the economic and policy challenges it faces.

A possible path to sustainable ethanol for fuel

Most of the fuel additive ethanol used in the U.S. is made from corn. But new research reveals that copper can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol without using corn or other plants.

Big advance in wireless charging of moving electric cars

Stanford scientists have developed a way to wirelessly deliver electricity to moving objects, technology that could one day charge electric vehicles and personal devices like medical implants and cell phones.

Sustainable Stanford

Sustaining Earth’s resources is ingrained in the way Stanford educates students, conducts research and operates its buildings.