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After completing his BS in Engineering Physics and MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford, Kevin Moy headed for the renewable energy industry. He worked as an engineer for an electric grid-scale energy storage software startup and as a consultant for a sustainable energy firm.

Kevin Moy. Photo courtesy of Kevin Moy
Photo courtesy of Kevin Moy

It was in the workplace that fundamental questions about electrochemical energy storage triggered a desire to return to academic research. For example, Moy says, “Industry claims about the long-term benefits of energy storage weren’t addressing the degradation and loss of usable capacity that lithium-ion batteries experience over their lifetimes.”

Moy was awarded the Calvin Enderlin Earth Sciences Fellowship when he came back to Stanford, where he expects to complete a PhD in Energy Resources Engineering in 2023. His research focuses on multi-objective optimization for microgrid lithium-ion battery sizing and control. “My goal is to help supply vulnerable communities with clean, reliable energy, especially in the face of increasing grid instability in a world affected by climate change,” he says.