The Cornell Energy Institute

Tackling sustainability challenges with innovative research and education

The Cornell Energy Institute is the Cornell Engineering's lead organization for technology-based research and education in energy. The Energy Institute is uniquely positioned to tackle the planet’s most pressing and intractable challenges in the area of clean and sustainable energy technology discovery and development. While the Institute is based within Cornell Engineering, collaborations across Cornell with faculty from a wide variety of social, physical and natural sciences are essential to our mission...

Faculty

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Director
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Other Contributing Faculty
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Other Contributing Faculty
Other Contributing Faculty
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Director
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Director
Other Contributing Faculty
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Biological and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Other Contributing Faculty
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Biological and Environmental Engineering
Biological and Environmental Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Biological and Environmental Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Other Contributing Faculty
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Other Contributing Faculty
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Other Contributing Faculty
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researchers have been working for years to develop methods to turn food waste into a viable and economic energy source. Americans waste up to 40% of the food produced each year for domestic consumption and capturing the energy from that waste could help power the electric grid of the future.

The first renewable district heating system in the world to utilize deep geothermal resources was created and operated in Boise, Idaho in the 1890s. Today, barely 0.01 percent of U.S. heating demand is met by geothermal district heating systems. Yet China, less than a decade after beginning its program to deploy geothermal energy on a massive scale, now has the largest amount of geothermal district heating of any country in the world.

In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new Cornell-led study in the journal Bioresource Technology.

Cornell Geophysicist Katie Keranen finds links between wastewater disposal from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and increased seismic activity in Oklahoma. 

If you haven’t registered yet for the 2017 Baker Symposium, there’s still time. Click here to register before the January 31st deadline.
 

In-situ solution mining as a sustainable option for copper metal extraction and recovery:
 
In-situ leaching is the circulation of a weak acid or base directly in an ore deposit to dissolve a target metal. The liquid is then pumped to the surface via recovery wells for processing and metal recovery. Copper in-situ leaching could potentially allow for a low-cost, less environmentally invasive recovery option for deposits which may be too small or low grade for conventional mining.

Cornell, like most of our peer institutions, is trying to determine how best to reduce or eliminate our carbon footprint over the coming decades.  As many are finding, this is a non-trivial challenge in cloudy, snowy upstate New York. The biggest question, because it is the single biggest part of Cornell's energy portfolio, is how to heat the campus.  One approach being studied by the univeristy is the possibility of using deep geothermal heat. 

Ten graduate students and three faculty members spent a spectacular eight days in eastern and central Wyoming in early June on a department field trip to examine a variety of energy choices "in the wild."  The field trip was a joint collaboration between EAS and the Earth Energy IGERT graduate training program that we share with the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, as well as energy and food insecurity, according to a study by researchers associated with the Cornell Algal Biofuel Consortium, published in the journal Oceanography (December 2016).

“Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Greece: a die hard case”
Konstantinos Katopis
Gamesa Energia Greece and National Wind Energy Association of Greece
The numbers are clear: in nearly bankrupt Greece, Renewable Energy Sources (RES) have kept on growing. During the 2010 – 2015 period, in which the country's economy shrunk by 25%, RES more than tripled their installed capacity from 1423 to 5031 MW.

GRF is a fund that provides capital for energy efficient and highperformance
operations on the Cornell campus. Our mission is to
assist Cornell University in meeting carbon neutrality goals, while
offering experiential learning opportunities to students in project
management, leadership, and investment analysis.

Browse our new Spring 2017 course offerings!
 
CHEME 6642 Energy Policy
CHEME 6667/CEE 6055 Transportation Energy Systems
CHEME 6679 Energy Storage (Available soon online.)
CHEME 6671 Nuclear Energy
CHEME 6662 Solar Energy
EAS 6666/CHEME 6666 Unconventional Resources
CHEME 6661 Bioenergy and Biofuels

With many considering geothermal energy as Cornell seeks to reach its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2035, several experts weighed in on the feasibility of relying on the energy source at a panel Monday, using Iceland as an example.

Danilo Cantero won the MIT Reviews Innovator under 35 - Argentina & Uruguay.

Energy Engineering and Earth Energy Seminar Series

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Earth Energy Systems Summer Seminar Series
Wednesday, August 2
Ivan Beentjes & Jay Bender
Hydrothermal Spallation Drilling
1:00pm
2159 Snee Hall
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The Energy Engineering Seminar Series has been completed for the spring semester and will resume in the fall.