Innovative Energy Research Grants Awarded

August 2016

The Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford have awarded 15 seed grants to clean energy research projects.

The seed-grant program funds innovative research proposals that have the potential for high impact on energy supply and use. The 2016 awards total $2.7 million, and have been awarded to 15 projects at Stanford and SLAC. "I'm especially pleased that this year's recipients reflect the broad diversity of energy research across campus, including the schools of engineering, law, business and medicine, as well as the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory," stated Precourt Institute for Energy co-director and professor of mechanical engineering Arun Majundar.

Three projects lead or co-lead by EE faculty received grants.

  • A modular multi-level photovoltaic converter:This project aims to minimize cost and power losses in transformers for grid-scale solar installations by developing new technology for the efficient conversion of direct current to alternating current. PI: William Dally, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.
  • Building the power electronics cell: Researchers will design a high power-density, bidirectional AC-DC converter cell that can be combined into a charger-inverter pack that generates enough energy to power an electric vehicle. PI: Juan Rivas-Davila, Electrical Engineering.
  • Novel fabrication of light-emitting diodes (LEDs): This project seeks to reduce the cost of manufacturing high-efficiency LEDs for industry and consumers. PIs: Bruce Clemens, Materials Science and Engineering, and James Harris, Electrical Engineering.

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This article is adapted from the Stanford Report.