Windmills at sunset

Revolutionizing Energy Systems

We make significant contributions to climate mitigation through innovations in energy efficiency, generation and storage.

Mitigating climate change requires substantial decarbonization of building, industrial, and transportation systems for the century to come. Our research focuses on alternative and renewable energy and storage systems, creating new ways to keep indoor environments healthy while reducing energy consumption, and incorporating environmental and social justice to ensure our research impacts the areas where it’s most needed.

The Power of
Nighttime Solar

When you think of solar power, you might imagine the sun shining down on a group of black cells on your neighbors’ rooftops. You think of the power of the sun saving you money during the day, but probably not saving you much once it sets. What if there was a way to run your house on solar power all day long, even at night?

Electrical and computer engineering professor Jeremy Munday and his team are working to develop photovoltaic cells that can do just that.

UC Davis water tower and solar panels

Research in Action

Building a Better Battery

The humble battery: a device most people rarely think about until the phone runs low, the car won’t start, or the smoke detector beeps in the middle of the night.

While they may take a back seat in our interactions with the devices they power, batteries are a critical factor in advancing technological innovation. 

'This Project is Mushrooming'

It is the year 2035. In a world facing climate catastrophe, the human enterprise is powered by fields of wind farms, with turbine blades made from fast-growing grasses and the roots of a million-year-old fungus.

Vinod Narayanan Selected for $4.6M Department of Energy Grant

With a new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office, Narayanan and his team of collaborators will develop 3D-printed high-temperature, high-pressure receivers for solar-thermal energy that can be used to generate power or for renewable industrial process heat.

Engineering a better world calls for solutions of a different caliber, demanding innovation across disciplines using a design-centric approach.

We employ and develop intelligent systems and automation, tools at the nano-and-micro- scales and technologies for the greater good that will revolutionize energy systems, strengthen climate resilience, advance human health and transform mobility to bring a sustainable, healthier and more resilient world within reach.