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...

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

Americans waste a lot of food - about 113 billion pounds a year, or roughly one-third of all the food produced in the U.S. In addition to wasting money and squandering a precious resource, all that waste creates an enormous environmental problem. Food waste often winds up in landfills, where it rots and releases large quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

November Campus Sustainability Plan Goal Setting Workshop
Thursday November 9th | 9am-Noon | Baker Portico
It is time to renew our five year plan for campus sustainability at Cornell University. What is your vision for a sustainable campus and community?  Come to this interactive workshop to explore and share ideas for the creation of a sustainable campus in areas like water, food, transportation, diversity & inclusion, health & well-being, and leadership.  Participation is open during the three hour session – please come for as long as you can.   This workshop is facilitated by the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee and is open to all members of the Cornell community. 
 

Registration is open for the 8th annual Cornell Energy Connection (CEC) on October 20, 2017

Environment America is a policy and action group with one mission: to work for a greener, healthier world with clean air, clean water and clean energy. We promote national, state and local policies that put the environment first. And, with our 29 state affiliates, we do it by running campaigns that not only raise public awareness, but also win results. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 25 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, lakes and drinking water.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Stymied about what to do about climate change? Mike Hoffmann of Cornell University, encourages us to become aware, accept the reality, and then act by raising our voices to address this grand challenge facing our generation…and those that follow.

Innovation in Stationary Electric Storage: The Liquid Metal Battery

Massive Electricity storage would offer huge benefits to today's grid, reducing price volatility, improving stability against loss of power, increasing utilization of generation assets by enabling us to design towards average demand instead of peak demand, and deffering the costs of upgrading existing transmission lines. 

When asking Cornell alumni about some of their more infamous memories, a likely answer is the arduous winter trek up Libe Slope. Not wanting to arrive late to class, students can be seen climbing the small, but steep, hill with the determination of early 19th century explorers attempting to reach the North Pole.

On May 18, 2017, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) welcomed the first cohort of innovators to join Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast region's first entrepreneurial research and development (R&D) program based at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory.

18th Robert L. Schiffman ’44 Geotechnical Colloquium

Masanori Hamada
Earthquake Engineering for Nuclear Facilities
4:30 pm Thursday, 26 October 2017 McManus Lounge Hollister Hall
 

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.
 

Energy Engineering and Earth Energy Seminar Series

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Seminars have been completed for the Fall semester and will resume in January.