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Accelerating Energy Transitions

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.

Accelerating Energy Transitions

Projects

Earth Source Heat

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.

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Barstow Lab

Extracting Rare Earth Minterals

Engineered bacteria may solve the challenges of extracting rare earth elements from ore, which are vital for modern life but refining them is costly, environmentally harmful.

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sheep grazing under solar panels
Report

Engage public, explore methods to secure NYS green energy - June 2021

Solar-power developers should explore using lower-quality agricultural land and engage communities early to meet NYS green energy goals, according to new research co-funded by Cornell Atkinson.

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midwestern farm
Report

Energy income and farm viability: Evidence from USDA farm survey data - May 2021

A new article presents a conceptual model that provides a framework for when and how energy income could improve farm viability. The research was supported by a Cornell Atkinson grant.

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Faculty Fellow Highlight

Buz Barstow

Leading researchers in pioneering a novel method that uses programmed microbes to mine rare-earth metals, Buz Barstow is moving knowledge-to-impact by making smart energy systems more sustainable.

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Buz Barstow
Academic Venture Fund 2020

Improving Cementation of Geothermal Wells

Investigators: Sriramya Nair, Geoffrey Coates, Rick Geddes

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