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We research and develop higher-performance and lower-cost materials and devices for energy generation, storage and conversion. Our target industries are electric vehicles, microgrids, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, wearable power devices, and more.

UC San Diego's world-renowned microgrid serves as a real-world test-bed for our work, which is rooted in thoughtful analyses of the economics of distributed energy.

At every point along the way, we train and mentor our students to become tomorrow’s workforce for green and advanced energy.


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Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials

Sep 18, 2018 - Artificial neural networks—algorithms inspired by connections in the brain—have “learned” to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego are training artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials.   Learn more  


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UC San Diego receives award from Energy Department for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies

Sep 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.5 million to a team led by the University of California San Diego for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies. The project is aimed at developing cobalt-free cathode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Shirley Meng, a professor of nanoengineering and the director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, is the lead investigator on the project. The team involves Maxwell Technologies, a San Diego-based company that develops and manufactures energy storage and power delivery solutions.   Learn more  


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Textile-based Energy Harvesting/Storage

December 10, 2018 - Prof. Joseph Wang's group recently published their exciting results about 'Sweat-based Wearable Energy Harvesting-Storage Hybrid Textile Devices' in Energy & Environmental Science. Full Story


Textile-based Energy Harvesting/Storage

December 10, 2018 - Prof. Joseph Wang's group recently published their exciting results about 'Sweat-based Wearable Energy Harvesting-Storage Hybrid Textile Devices' in Energy & Environmental Science! Full Story

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Real-world challenges inform our fundamental research. The Sustainable Power and Energy Center works closely with industry partners.
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UC San Diego's world-renowned microgrid serves as a real-world test-bed for our work, which is rooted in thoughtful analyses of the economics of distributed energy.