Future Seminar Summaries

Will Renewable Energy Markets Continue to Grow?

Jessika Trancik, Atlantic Richfield Career Development assistant professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monday, February 22, 2016 | 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All

Wind and solar energy installations have grown rapidly in recent decades as their costs have fallen. Will these trends continue, thereby allowing these technologies to contribute measurably to climate change mitigation? This talk addresses the topic by considering both the past and the future. We will discuss why solar energy costs have fallen so dramatically, by examining the determinants of these trends—including changes to components of the devices themselves, human efforts to improve these technologies, and a diverse collection of public policies in several nations. We will examine how global markets for renewables might expand under the Paris climate agreement, and how costs might fall further. Finally, we will discuss several intermittent renewables ‘companion’ technologies, including stationary and mobile energy storage, which may be critical for renewables growth and emissions reductions in the electricity and transportation sectors. 

**Join us at the Energy Social: 5:20-6:20pm, Huang Foyer** 
‚ÄčThe social is open to Stanford faculty, staff, and students.

Water-Energy Nexus with New Materials Technology

Yi Cui, associate professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Monday, February 29, 2016 | 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All

Breif Bio:

Yui Cui is an Associate Professor, of Materials Science and Engineering. He studies nanoscale phenomena and their applications broadly defined. His research interests include nanocrystal and nanowire synthesis and self-assembly, electron transfer and transport in nanomaterials and at the nanointerface, nanoscale electronic and photonic devices, batteries, solar cells, microbial fuel cells, water filters and chemical and biological sensors.

Prof. Cui receivd his PhD from Princeton University.

Managing Energy and Climate Change in China: Connecting Micro Decisions with Macro Impacts

Valerie Karplus, assistant professor, Global Economics and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monday, March 7, 2016 | 04:30 PM - 05:20 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All

Valerie J. Karplus is the Class of 1943 Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research focuses on resource and environmental management in firms operating in diverse national and industry contexts, with an emphasis on emerging markets and the role of policy. Karplus is an expert on China’s energy system, including technology trends, energy system governance, and the sustainability impact of business decisions. She holds a BS in biochemistry and political science from Yale University and a PhD in engineering systems from MIT.