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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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Shirley Meng named finalist for 2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

May 31, 2018 - The Blavatnik Family Foundation recently announced the finalists for 2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. SPEC Director and nanoengineering professor Shirley Meng is among the finalists.   Learn more  


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Lasers, batteries and autonomy: get the latest updates at Research Expo

Mar 15, 2018 - Breakthrough lasers, better batteries for electric vehicles, and autonomous robots are on the docket for the faculty tech-talks at the 37th annual Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo at the University of California San Diego.    Learn more  


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SPEC Announcements

Energy Applications of Ionic Materials

Feb 22, 2018 - Prof. Doug MacFarlane from Monash University is giving a seminar on "Energy Applications of Ionic Materials." March 16th, Friday at 10 AM in Jack Keil Wolf Auditorium in CMRR Learn more  


Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems for Vehicle Electrification

Jul 17, 2017 - Dr. Mei Cai from General Motors is giving a seminar on "Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems for Vehicle Electrification." July 17th, Monday at 2 PM in Cymer Conference Center, SME Learn more  


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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.