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Seed Grants

Funding Year Research Title Principal Investigators
2013 Junctionless Solar Cell for Enabling Third-Generation Photovoltaics

Krishna Saraswat, Electrical Engineering

2012 Wireless Power Transfer to a Moving Vehicle

Shanhui Fan, Electrical Engineering

2012 Reliability vs. Cost Tradeoffs in California Wind Energy Investments

Frank Wolak, Economics; Burton Richter, SLAC

2011 Storing Electricity in the Form of Chemical Bonds: An Alkaline Exchange Membrane Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell

Thomas Jaramillo and Curtis Frank, Chemical Engineering

2011 Effects of Large-Scale Solar Energy on Land and Water Resources in the Southwest U.S.

Chris Field, Noah Diffenbaugh, and David Lobell, Environmental Earth System Science

2011 Consuming Renewable Power: Information and Reliability as a Resource

Ram Rajagopal, Civil and Environmental Engineering

2011 Upconverter-Enhanced Molecular Photovoltaics: Towards Cost-Effective, Broadband Solar-Energy Conversion

Jennifer Dionne and Michael McGehee, Materials Science and Engineering

2011 Market-Based Valuation of Ecosystem Services for Competitive Large-Scale Solar Power Generation

Michael Lepech and David Freyberg, Civil and Environmental Engineering; John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering; Stefan Reichelstein, Graduate School of Business

2010 Analysis and Control of Smart Electrical Distribution Systems

Dimitry Gorinevsky, Electrical Engineering, and Sanjay Lall, Aeronautics-Astronautics and Electrical Engineering

2010 GridSpice: A Virtual Platform for Modeling, Analysis, and Optimization of the Smart Grid

Stephen Boyd, Electrical Engineering; Abbas El Gamal, Electrical Engineering; Amit Narayan, Smart Grid Research and Modeling; Dan O'Neill, Electrical Engineering; Benjamin Van Roy, Management Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering

2010 Facilitating Renewable Energy in a Wholesale Market by Expanding Transmission

Stephen Boyd, Electrical Engineering; Mark Thurber, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development; Frank Wolak, Economics and PESD

2010 Catching Wind by the Tail: Improving Intermittent Power Operations With Sensing, Statistics, and Control

Ram Rajagopal, Civil and Environmental Engineering