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Stanford Precourt Institute and TomKat Center award energy research grants

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy are awarding eight faculty seed grants totaling more than $2.2 million for promising new research in renewable energy.

"The intent of the seed grants is to help jumpstart new projects with the potential for high impact and future funding," said PIE Director Lynn Orr, professor of energy resources engineering.

"These awards will enable researchers to demonstrate 'proof of concept' and carry out much-needed early experimentation and analysis," said TomKat Center Director Stacey Bent, professor of chemical engineering.

Precourt Institute clean technology awards

This year, PIE is awarding its second round of faculty seed grants to support innovative technologies that use the sun and the air to generate power.

"We received many outstanding proposals Stanford faculty have lots of good ideas for energy research," Orr said. "It was tough to choose among them."

The following three projects are being funded by PIE:

Lithium-Air Batteries: The lithium-air battery is a clean technology that uses oxygen from the atmosphere to generate electricity. Proposed in the 1970s, lithium-air
batteries have attracted growing attention, because their theoretical storage capacity is more than 10 times higher than the best lithium ion batteries. Unfortunately, the sluggish nature of the air cathode has substantially reduced the battery's performance. In this project, the researchers propose developing an efficient cathode catalyst made of low-cost carbon nanomaterials and metal oxides.

Principal Investigator (PI): Hongjie Dai, chemistry.

Solar Thermal Energy for Household and Commercial Use: The growing demand for electricity has led to the production of micro-combined cooling, heating and power (m-CCHP) systems small units that provide energy to cool, heat and power individual homes and businesses. Th

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