Stanford-Woods Energy Seminar - Winter 2009

Course Description

The Energy Seminar is produced by the Woods Institute and the Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) at Stanford University. and is comprised of an interdisciplinary series of talks primarily by Stanford experts on a broad range of energy topics.

The Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) has been established as a new independent institute at Stanford that engages in a broad-ranging, interdisciplinary program of research and education on energy – applying fundamental research to the problem of supplying energy in environmentally and economically acceptable ways, using it efficiently, and facing the behavioral, social, and policy challenges of creating new energy systems for the U.S. and the world.. For more information on the rationale for the Precourt Institute and the areas of research, click here.

The Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University harnesses the expertise and imagination of leading academics and decision-makers to create practical solutions for people and the planet. In the same spirit that inspired Stanford’s role in Silicon Valley’s high-tech revolution, the Woods Institute is pioneering innovative approaches to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century – from climate change to sustainable food supplies to ocean conservation. For more information click here.


# January 07: Lee Schipper, Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Stanford University

When the Rubber Hits the Road: The Real Story on Fuel Economy in the US and Other Developed Countries, with Implications for Developing Asia

# January 14: David Victor, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University

New Ways to Think About Regulating Greenhouse Gases

# January 21: Ilan Kroo, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Sustainable Aviation: Future Air Transportation and the Environment

# January 28: Julie Young, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University

Renewable Ocean Energy Conversion Systems: Advancing State-of-the-Art

# February 04: Nicholas Jenkins, Shimizu Visiting Professor, Atmosphere & Energy Program, Stanford University

SmartGrids and De-Carbonising the Power Sector

# February 11: Jefferson Tester, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

A Pathway for Widespread Utilization of Geothermal Energy—the Roles of Multi-scale Resource and Technology Research and Systems Analysis

# February 18: Brent Constantz, President and CEO of Calera Corporation; Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Sequestering Carbon Dioxide in the Built Environment: a Revolutionary Cement Technology (during Entrepreneurship Week)

# February 25: Jacques Bouchard, former head of the Nuclear Energy Division of Commissariat a L’Energie Atomique in France

Can Nuclear Energy be a Sustainable Contribution to Address the Climate Change Concerns? The French Experience

# March 04: Richard Morse, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University

Coal’s Role in the Global Energy Mix: Coal Markets with a View to 2030

# March 11: John McDonald, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Chevron Corporation

The Energy Opportunity

# March 18: Energy Committee Meeting

Stanford-Woods Energy Seminar - Winter 2009

Prof. Lee Schipper in Lecture 1: The Real Story on Fuel Economy.
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