Stanford Energy Seminar

The Energy Seminar is produced by the Woods and Precourt Institutes and is comprised of an interdisciplinary series of talks primarily by Stanford experts on a broad range of energy topics. Created by Stanford.

Average Course Length

110 hours

Skill Level


Pick a lesson

1: Scenarios of the Global Climate Energy System
2: Wind, Water and Sunlight
3: Low-Energy Building: European Design and Control
4: California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
5: Japan and the Future of Nuclear Energy
6: The Status of Concentrating Solar Power Development
7: Stanford's Energy Story: Present and Future
8: Transportation and Climate Change
9: Global Cookstove Problems
10: Renewable Power Entrepreneurship
11: Canada's Oil Sands, Warts and All
12: Energy Lessons from the Heartland
13: Solar Geoengineering to Manage Climate
14: Cap and Trade in California
15: The Gulf Oil Spill: Where Did All the Oil Go?
16: New York and Climate Change
17: AB32 and Proposition 23
18: Private video
19: Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford: The Grand Challenge
20: The Energy Innovation Ecosystem
21: Climate Change and Global Prosperity
22: Does Biochar Deliver Carbon-Negative Energy?
23: Nuclear Regulation in Our Era
24: Global Transition to Electric Vehicles
25: Nuclear Power: How, Why, Barriers
26: Making Large Scale Solar Work
27: Fuels from Sunlight Using Nano-Materials
28: Consumer Responses to Electric Vehicles
29: The Way Forward with Electric Drive
30: The Future of EVs
31: China's Influence on Solar Energy
32: COP15 and the Stanford Student Experience
33: The Energy Challenge and the Case for Fusion
34: Controlling Climate Change After Copenhagen
35: More Than 50% Wind on the Grid
36: Transmission Siting Issues
37: U.S. Shale Gas
38: Demystifying and De-Jargoning the Smart Grid
39: Global Climate Architectural Policy
40: Communicating Climate Science in a Changing Media Landscape
41: Solar Energy at Scale
42: Solar Cell Technology in 2009 and Beyond
43: Solar Photovoltaic Installation and Financing
44: Economic Analysis of the Solar Industry
45: Sustainable Energy Systems: Scale, Tradeoffs, and Co-Benefits
46: U.S. Energy Future: Transportation Fuels
47: Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Oil Substitutes
48: Carbon Sequestration & Natural Gas Extraction
49: LIFE: Laser Initial Fusion Energy System
50: Adaptation to Climate Change
51: Benefits of a Restructured Electric Industry
52: Killers Apps for the Smart Grid
53: Renewable Energy and the Economy
54: Global Coal Market
55: Nuclear Sustainability and Climate Change
56: Sequestering CO2 in the Built Environment
57: A Pathway for Widespread Geothermal Energy
58: Smart Grids & Decarbonizing the Power Sector
59: Renewable Ocean Energy Conversion Systems
60: Sustainable Aviation
61: New Ways for Regulating Greenhouse Gases
62: The Real Story on Fuel Economy
63: Solar Thermal Power
64: Nanomaterials for Batteries & Energy Storage
65: Marine Energy Technology: Waves and Currents
66: William McDonough on Eco-Friendly Design
67: Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics
68: Equitable Climate Solutions: Stephen Pacala
69: The Future of Oil
70: Evaluating Energy Solutions to Climate Change
71: Overcoming the Resource Curse
72: The New Geopolitics of Energy