Partnering in Innovation

Date: 09/04/2012

Helping students develop technologies to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Global Climate and Energy Project    

The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) research initiative recently awarded USD 8.4 million to seven Stanford research teams to develop new technologies that could significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. Schlumberger is one of five sponsors supporting GCEP and its portfolio of efficient energy research programs.

"We are very pleased to announce the latest round of awards to leading members of the Stanford faculty," said Schlumberger Vice President Rod Nelson, the chair of the GCEP Management Committee. "These seven programs exemplify the kind of high-risk, high-reward energy research that has become the hallmark of the GCEP partnership."

The GCEP currently investigates a number of energy resources, systems and uses, and each of the seven research teams are committed to a specific climate-influencing goal. The teams vary considerably in expertise and project discipline. For example, a materials science and engineering team is working to improve solar energy conversion by making photovoltaic cells more efficient. The mechanical engineering team is transforming diesel combustion into an environmentally sensitive process that eliminates soot. Chemical engineering and bioengineering researchers aim to develop a clean-burning alternative for natural gas by producing hydrogen from glucose, while another chemical engineering team proposes to design and build carbon solar cells.

With an initial plan to invest USD 225 million over a decade, the companies have made significant headway—contributing over USD 113 million to date.

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