Bank of America, ExxonMobil invests $27.5m in Stanford energy alliance

Stanford University has launched a new energy alliance that will facilitate research and educational relationships between academics and companies. As founding members, ExxonMobil and the Bank of America have committed $20 million (£14.6m) and $7.5 million (£5.5m) respectively to the Stanford Strategic Energy Alliance. The alliance will fund early stage research across a spectrum of […]

US ‘could use 100% green energy by 2050’

The US could source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2050. That’s according to a research published by the University of Stanford in collaboration with the University of Berkeley. It also reveals every state in the country can achieve the goal by making “aggressive changes to both infrastructure and the ways we currently consume energy”. The […]

Stanford University to stop investing in coal firms

Stanford University has announced it will sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, a move aimed at combating climate change. The Stanford Board of Trustees approved a resolution pledging not to directly invest in companies for which coal extraction is their primary business and will divest any current holdings in such firms. The vote […]

New battery to smooth renewables’ impact on grid

US researchers have developed a new “long-life” battery they claim could help solar and wind power become major suppliers to the electricity grid. Wind and solar currently provide intermittent power and the electricity grid cannot tolerate large and sudden power fluctuations, according to the researchers at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory […]

New York’s renewable plans would cost $382bn

New York would need more than $300 billion (£196bn) and wind turbines covering an area equivalent to 13% of the city’s landmass if all of its power is generated from renewable sources. The findings from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) follows a study last month, which suggested the city has the potential to be powered […]

Wind power could provide half of world’s energy demands

Wind power could supply half of the world’s future energy demands. US researchers at the University of Delaware (UD) and Stanford University calculated the potential of wind power worldwide and found installing four million turbines could generate up to 7.5TW of energy, more than enough to power half of the world’s demands by 2030. They […]

Fukushima accident could cause 1,300 cancer deaths

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant could cause as many as 1,300 cancer deaths around the globe. The claim was made by Stanford University researchers who studied the health effects of the Fukushima accident. In addition to the predicted deaths, they also found the nuclear disaster could cause as many as 2,500 cases of cancer. […]

Storing CO2 in ground “could cause small quakes”

The technology hailed as bridging the gap between using fossil fuels and renewable energy until clean energy becomes fully mature might not be as fool proof as it is hoped. That’s according to new research which found storing carbon dioxide underground, a central part of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology could cause small earthquakes. […]

US forms Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee

The US Department of Energy has set up an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee. Members of the ERAC will report directly to the Secretary of Energy Steven Chu with advice on the portfolio of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy . The 19 members selected have experience in a variety of […]