Energy Systems Modules

Three core courses give students an overview of key topics in Energy Systems. To support these core courses, there are several shorter courses called “modules” which cover special topics within Energy Systems including Fossil Energy, Geothermal, Solar Energy, Energy Metals, and many more. These courses are open to anyone interested in the course topics who has met the required prerequisites.


Fall 2021 Energy Modules

CHEME 6676, Energy Markets and Regulations

Classes held for 5 weeks, August 26 - September 30
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:40-10:55 am
Instructor: Michal Moore (mcm337@cornell.edu)

Energy Markets represent a complex interaction of fuel supplies and conversion, transmission, consumption and financial investment. Oversight of this highly integrated critical system requires policy and regulatory cooperation, producing standards and rules of participation and investment involving a significant number of actors. We review the role of energy system operations and regulatory oversight in a market-driven system in the process of fundamental change and restructuring. Lectures, readings and guest presentations will address the challenges of seamless delivery of energy to consumers, cost control, oversight and enforcement of standards necessary to maintain reliable energy supplies over time. (1 credit)


CHEME 6667/ CEE 6667, Transportation Energy Systems

Classes held for 4 weeks, October 5 - November 2
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:40-10:55 am
Instructor: Ricardo Daziano (daziano@cornell.edu

The course focuses on understanding the link between transportation demand and energy consumption and on how to build a path for a conversion to sustainable energy sources. The objective of the course is to provide students the engineering systems tools for analyzing the interactions among the transportation, economic, energy, and environmental systems. Analytical tools from transportation economics and engineering will be covered to assess the energy consumption and environmental effects of long-term projects over complex, large-scale transportation systems. (1 credit)


CHEME 6679, Energy Storage

Classes held for 4 weeks, November 4 - December 7
Tuesday & Thursday, 9:40-10:55 am
Instructor: Regina Garcia-Mendez (mrg277@cornell.edu

Efficient energy storage technologies have been described as the Achilles’ heel in our transition towards a sustainable energy portfolio that integrates inherently intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar. The infrastructure used to transmit, distribute and store chemical, electrical, and thermal energy is extensive, multiscale, and capital intensive. Coverage in this module includes thermal and mechanical energy storage, and electrical energy storage and conversion. Technologies evaluated include fuel cells, batteries, compressed air energy storage (CAES), pumped hydro, supercapacitors and flywheels. Emphasis will be placed on understanding technology options including their operating principles, development status, benefits, scaling limits, and life cycle environmental issues 
and costs. We will discuss challenges and opportunities for grid-level energy storage and the role of improved battery technologies in enabling the broader deployment of electric vehicles. (1 credit)


CHEME 5870/ ECE 5870/ MAE 5459, Energy Seminar I

August 26 - December 7
Thursday, 12:25-1:15 pm
instructors: Lindsay Anderson (cla28@cornell.edu) & Max Zhang (kz33@cornell.edu)

Energy resources, their conversion to electricity or mechanical work, and the environmental consequences of the energy cycle are discussed by faculty members from several departments in the university and by outside experts. Topics include energy resources and economics, coal-based electricity generation, nuclear reactors, solar power, energy conservation by users, and air pollution control. (1 credit)


Spring 2021 Energy Modules

CHEME 6662, Solar Energy

CLASSES HELD FOR 6 WEEKS, FEBRUARY 10 - MARCH 29, 2021
M/W/F 10:10-11:00 AM -- ONLINE MEETING
INSTRUCTOR:  TOBIAS HANRATH (TH358@CORNELL.EDU)

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 6663, Geothermal Energy

CLASSES HELD FOR 6 WEEKS, MARCH 31 - MAY 14, 2021
M/W/F 10:10-11:00 AM -- ONLINE MEETING
INSTRUCTOR:  JEFF TESTER (JWT54@CORNELL.EDU)

The vision behind geothermal energy’s potential role in meeting national and regional decarbonization and renewable energy deployment goals is described.  Topics include:  (1) regional and local geothermal resource assessment using temperature gradients and heat flow to estimate the stored thermal energy in the crust, (2) subsurface science and engineering including reservoir structure and design and thermal-hydraulic performance modeling, drilling, and stimulation methods, (3) engineering design and infrastructure technology involved with using geothermal energy for generating electricity, direct use in district heating systems and heating and cooling using geothermal heat pumps are treated, (4) economic requirements, and (5) environmental issues.  The final topic is a case study addressing how Earth Source Heat (ESH) technology would be used for district heating at Cornell and beyond.  (1 credit)