Courses Offered Spring 2018

CHEME 6664 Hydropower
Classes held for 2 weeks from January 24-February 9
MWF 9:05-9:55am (2154 Snee Hall) and TR 8:40-9:55am (2146 Snee Hall) 
Lead Instructor: Jeff Tester ( with guest instructors Andri Gunnarsson and Asbjorg Kristinsdottir
A review of hydropower technology and resources for base load and distributed applications. Emphasis will be placed on water power from conventional impoundment dams. Many practical cases from Iceland will be discussed where about 80% of the country’s electricity comes from hydro. The guest lecturers are staff members at Landsvirkin, the company the operates most of Iceland’s hydropower plants. Lectures will cover water resource assessment, basic fundamentals of hydrokinetic energy capture, hydro turbine technology, designs and performance, siting issues and environmental impacts, along with public acceptance issues and cost estimates and projections. (1 credit)

CHEME 6662 Solar Energy
Classes held for 2 weeks from February 12-March 2
MWF 9:05-9:55am (2154 Snee Hall) and TR 8:40-9:55am (2146 Snee Hall)
Lead instructor: Tobias Hanrath ( with Jeff Tester
This module provides a comprehensive overview of solar energy conversion technologies. Major themes range from fundamental (nuts and bolts) solid-state concepts and operating principles of photovoltaics to manufacturing of cells and modules, balance of system aspects, life-cycle assessment and perspectives on second- and third-generation photovoltaic technologies. Beyond technoeconomic aspects, we also discuss societal and legal aspects of solar energy deployment. The module also summarizes solar thermal power technologies including passive and active solar heating, concentrated solar power plants. (1 credit)

CHEME 6671 Nuclear Energy
Classes held for 4 weeks from March 5-30
MWF 9:05-9:55am (2154 Snee Hall)
Lead instructor: David Hammer ( with guest lecturers Antonio Ciriello and Vincenzo Rondinella
This module will provide a description of the operation of nuclear fission power plants in their several manifestations and the fuel cycle associated with them. Their benefits will be described along with the reasons why they are cause for concern. Topics will include the principles of reactor operation and control, reactor safety features (natural and engineered), normal and abnormal operation, spent fuel safety and nuclear waste disposal, etc. Advanced reactors now under construction and to be constructed in the near and more distant future will be discussed. (1 credit)

EAS 6674/CHEME 6674 Energy Metals
Classes held for 4 weeks from March 6-29
TR 8:40-9:55am (2146 Snee Hall)
Lead instructor: John Thompson (
The module will examine the metals that are important in energy generation, distribution, and storage in the context of supply and demand from their source in the earth to their use. Lectures will focus on the challenges related to discovery of these metals, natural variability, their extraction, and best practices in terms of mining and reclamation. The potential for change and the role of new technologies in the future will be considered and placed in the context of both societal pressures
and future demand. The market, use, recycling and material stewardship of products will be considered.
(1 credit)

EAS 4940/6920, CHEME 6680 Earth Source Heat at Cornell
Classes held for 4 weeks from April 9-May 4
MWF 9:05-9:55am (2154 Snee Hall)
Lead instructor: Matt Pritchard ( with Terry Jordan, Larry Brown, Katie Keranen, Rowena Lohman, and Jeff Tester
This module will address how Earth Source Heat (ESH) technology might be applied to use geothermal energy for district heating at Cornell and beyond. Reservoir design and performance, drilling and simulation methods, and district heating infrastructure are reviewed. Economic challenges and environmental risks are summarized. Geothermal resource assessment will be discussed to quantify the stored thermal energy in the earth’s crust. Reservoir characterization techniques including seismic and other geophysical methods will be covered in some detail. The module will also explore the research frontiers in developing and deploying the Earth Source Heat Technology. A separate field project is also being planned as a separate summer opportunity, it will include participation in collection of data from 800 seismometers. (1 credit)