The Energy Transitions Working Group is accelerating the adoption of new forms of clean energy, such as smart-grid technology and solar and wind installations. Focused on the integration of engineering solutions and social science across a range of topics, this working group is advancing technology development and adaptation, urban-rural connections, innovation in operation and business models, and community engagement. Specific challenges to be addressed include renewable fuel sources, smart technologies, demand-response programs, distributed controls, issues of fairness and accessibility, co-optimized systems, and education.
Sustainable Solar Energy
Cornell University leads research, guides policymakers, and engages communities to explore the deployment of solar energy solutions.
Earth Source Heat is Cornell's version of a geothermal system that would use the Earth's internal heat to warm the Ithaca campus and it is a major component of the university's goal of achieving carbon neutrality.