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Explore Energy is a cross-campus effort of the Precourt Institute for Energy.

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NEW! The Understand Energy Learning Hub Portal

The Understand Energy Learning Hub has been created to provide you with the opportunity to explore different energy topics and increase your energy literacy. The content on the Learning Hub comes from the Understand Energy course, which has been taught at Stanford University for more than 30 years.

Stanford Energy Seminar

The Stanford Energy Seminar, has been a mainstay of energy engagement at Stanford for nearly 20 years and is one of the flagship programs of the Precourt Institute for Energy. Seminars take place most Mondays during the academic year and bring a wide variety of perspectives to the Stanford community – academics, entrepreneurs, utilities, big businesses, and more. Instructions on how to attend remotely. Find Seminar Recordings on YouTube.

Energy@Stanford & SLAC

Our annual, multi-day conference for incoming Stanford graduate and professional school students interested in energy. Energy@Stanford & SLAC covers the depth and breadth of energy research at Stanford, including in-depth interactive elective classes. An energy background is not required. See course videos here.

Hydrogen Innovators

The Stanford Hydrogen Initiative hosts Hydrogen Innovators, a bi-weekly podcast spotlighting bold innovators from academia and industry. Subscribe to their podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcast and follow them on LinkedIn to get notified about upcoming episodes.

Energy 101 Video Tutorials

Developed by the Global Climate and Energy Project, these video tutorials provide an overview of specific topics in energy from battery storage to carbon capture and sequestration. Learn the basics about a range of technical areas from top experts in the field.

Precourt's Video Content and Professional Learning Programs

The Precourt Institute builds a learning community of individuals who are dedicated to solving the world’s most urgent energy issues. Explore their video content and professional learning programs.

Energy E-Books

The Precourt Institute and KQED public media have created a series of interactive e-books designed to give readers a broad introduction to the subjects of climate change and energy. The e-books, Clue into Climate and Energy, and their companion iTunesU courses can be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.

Energy: The Basics, investigates the nature of energy and energy resources.  The second volume, Energy: Use and Efficiency, explores how people use energy, from generating electricity to developing energy-efficient technologies.

Primarily developed for middle and highschool students, but also relevant for lifelong learners, the series explores the causes of climate change, its impacts on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, and innovative strategies for curbing and adapting to change.

California and Western Energy Lecture Series

Developed by Precourt Energy Scholar Dian Grueneich, the California and Western Energy Lecture Series provides an understanding of California and Western energy.


En-ROADS is a global climate simulator that allows users to explore the impact of roughly 30 policies — such as electrifying transport, pricing carbon, and improving agricultural practices — on hundreds of factors like energy prices, temperature, air quality, and sea level rise. Watch En-ROADS Comprehensive Introduction Video here.

Energy Market Game

Developed by Frank Wolak, Mark Thurber, and Trevor Davis at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. The Energy Market Game is a free, web-based game that allows players to take on the roles of electricity generating companies (“gencos”), electricity retailers, or vertically-integrated utilities in electricity markets with different market rules. 

American Energy Society

Stanford is subscribed to the American Energy Society and its resources, including all current and archived publications, open-access datasets, professional development services, and more. Access these resources with your Stanford email address.