On the second day of his campus visit, Alvarado addressed a packed room at the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, where he discussed his plan to decarbonize Costa Rica by 2050, making the country effectively 100 percent reliant on renewable energy sources.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the California utilities monopoly that has faced massive legal backlash for its alleged role in the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in Northern California, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday. According to a lawsuit filed by Camp Fire homeowners, the deadly 2018 fire was caused by a poorly maintained PG&E transmission tower…
On Monday, Stanford announced that its main campus is projected to operate on 100 percent solar energy by 2021, when an 88-megawatt photovoltaic plant near Lemoore, California is planned to go online.
In a Monday afternoon presentation on his new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet,” Varun Sivaram ’11 stressed current constraints on solar power and three types of innovation — financial innovation, technological innovation and systemic innovation — that he believes are key to sustaining solar energy’s rise to dominance.
A new pilot program aims to take students out of the classroom and into the fields. After taking ECON 121: Social Science Field Research Methods and Applications in the Spring, student spent three weeks in Puebla, Mexico to conduct field research on whether providing information on a household’s’ electricity bill and simple methods to reduce energy consumption would lead to a decreased energy bill for a house.
What I didn’t miss, though, was the springs’ sulfur aroma, familiar after visits to Yellowstone and Lassen Volcanic, which signifies the origins of the water kilometers below the Earth’s surface. The smell is a sign not just of a therapeutic bathing spot, but also of New Zealand’s incredibly active geology.
Ned Tozun B.S.’01, MBA’07 found his true calling by utilizing his entrepreneurial skills to found d.light, which designs affordable and durable solar powered LED lights for people in developing countries with no or limited access to electricity.
A team of Stanford engineers has managed to harness electrical energy directly from algae cells. The researchers believe that this result represents the first step toward generating “high efficiency” electricity from living plants.