DuPont Joins Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project

DuPont News, July 30, 2012
Steve Freilich, director of materials science and engineering
Steve Freilich, director of materials science and engineering for DuPont Central Research & Development, is the newest member of the GCEP management committee.

DuPont has joined the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University, an industry partnership that supports innovative research on sustainable energy technologies with low greenhouse gas emissions.

"We are extremely delighted to welcome DuPont as our newest corporate sponsor," said GCEP Director Sally Benson, a research professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford. "DuPont is the ideal partner – a company with a robust research capability and a commitment to global sustainability. Joining GCEP is a true affirmation of the value of university-industry research partnerships."

DuPont joins other GCEP sponsors ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger and Toyota. Together, the companies have invested a total of $113 million in 93 research programs since the project was launched in 2002. The project's key research areas include solar and bio-energy technologies, combustion efficiency, carbon sequestration and the electric grid.

"The work at GCEP is closely aligned with our focus at DuPont on addressing technology-based needs in fields such as solar energy, second-generation biofuels and energy storage," said Steve Freilich, director of materials science and engineering for DuPont Central Research and Development. "We feel the breadth of study and the unique caliber and collaborative nature of GCEP will further enable DuPont science to deliver sustainable solutions today and into the future."

In addition to financial support, the project's sponsors provide technical expertise and real-world advice on how to accelerate the deployment and commercialization of successful inventions.

"At DuPont, we are committed to developing unique solutions to address the challenges posed by global climate change," Freilich said. "Collaboration is key to DuPont's history of innovation. We are excited about adding GCEP to the DuPont Global Collaboratory and look forward to the best scientific minds coming together in GCEP to help us solve the tough energy challenges facing our planet."

"Among GCEP's primary goals is to keep the innovation pipeline filled with high-risk, high-impact technologies that could significantly improve energy conversion efficiency and lower cost over the next 50 years," said Schlumberger Vice President Rod Nelson, chair of the GCEP management committee. "DuPont's team of outstanding scientists and engineers will provide valuable insights on promising research opportunities that could transform the global energy system. We welcome them to the team and look forward to their contributions."

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