Stanford’s New Energy System

by Dylan Goodman

For the past several years Stanford University has been working on rolling out plans for a new campus-wide energy system. The new system, called the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), is expected to come online in 2016. Functionally, the system will rely heavily on solar power. Stanford University has teamed up with SunPower, a California-based solar panel design company, to produce their new solar power station. Together they plan to build a 68-megawatt solar station composed of over 150,000 SunPower solar panels covering nearly 300 acres. They also plan to install an additional 5-megawatt rooftop solar system along with the larger station. Together they are expected to provide for up to 53% of Stanford’s total energy use (Henry). Continue reading

Perovskite Solar Cells

by Dylan Goodman

Recent research from Stanford University has produced a promising new outlook on Solar Panel efficiency. Perovskite, a mineral composed of calcium titanate, has been found to increase the efficiency of conventional solar cells. Functionally, solar cells work by converting light energy, in the form of photons, into electrical energy. With the future of energy uncertain, this extremely unique process allows humans to harness energy from the sun, a non-diminishing resource. If the technology to exist to harness the suns energy with perfect efficiency, we could easily power the entire planet. Continue reading