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What we do

Simona speakingWe tackle fundamental modeling, control and estimation questions to both improve efficiency and longevity of existing energy systems and at the same time optimize the development of the new generation energy systems with the ultimate goal to accelerate the transition to clean energy grid and transportation.
We work closely with major industry players, in the Silicon Valley, South Korea and Detroit area, academicians from domestic and international universities and practitioners in the field of transportation and utility grid.

Currently, our group is focusing on:

  • Understanding the physical phenomenal governing the operation and  evolution of electrochemical energy storage systems – lithium ion batteries - and new generation emission control devices - catalytic converter and particulate filters
  • Translating such an understanding into physics-based models for design optimization and control-oriented models for real-time estimation and control
  • Investigating the interplay between physics-based parameters and system level performance
  • Optimizing energy storage technologies for electrified vehicles


Lab Policy: what it means to be a good citizen of Stanford Energy Control Lab

The members of SEC Lab are expected to take full responsibility to complete their research project, conduct experiments honestly, judiciously, and with inquisitiveness to “seek for the truth”, and collaborate professionally with other lab members and to be invested in their own as well as other lab members’ success.

Lab News

Dec 2018

Harikesh and SImona in Miami Beach, FL, to attend the 57th IEEE CDC and present thier work on Lithium-ion battery modeling: "What if the Doyle-Fuller-Newman model fails? A new macroscale modeling framework"

Sep 2018

September 10, 2018,  Simona gives a seminar on "Tools for Optimal Energy Sorage Systems Selection", at the Center for Control Science and Technology, UT Dallas

Aug 2018
Aki Tkahashi, Senior at Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, and Andrew Chu, Freshman at Nueva High School, San Mateo, joined Onori Lab for Stanford Earth Young Investigators Internship.
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Simona Onori, Principal Investigator

Email: (650) 498-1183



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Green Earth Sciences
367 Panama Mall, Room 68
Stanford University,
Stanford, CA 94305

Physics-based Energy Control Lab (PECL)
Green Earth Sciences
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Stanford University,
Stanford, CA 94305

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