''The granting of these awards broadens the scope of GCEP research and provides us with additional research in renewable energy technologies,'' said Orr, the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford. ''It also expands the global nature of GCEP to include institutions in Australia and Japan in addition to the institutions working with us from the U.S. and Europe.''
Funded over a three-year period beginning in fall 2005, the grants will bring the total number of research efforts supported by GCEP to 28, with total funding of approximately $37.5 million.
Stanford faculty will lead three of the new studies, and investigators at the University of New South Wales in Australia and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Japan will lead two. Discussions between Stanford and the other institutions are under way to establish subcontracts that are required before the funds can be used.
Three studies will investigate novel approaches to the design and fabrication of solar cells, with the goal of developing efficient and low-cost options for converting solar energy to electricity:
* ''Inorganic Nanocomposite Solar Cells by Atomic Layer Deposition,'' led by Stanford researchers Stacey Bent, Department of Chemical Engineering; James Harris, Department of Electrical Engineering; and Michael McGehee, Department of Materials Science and En
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