Energy Days 2021:
Energy Days 2021 kicked off (virtually) with a keynote talk given by LBNL's Mary Ann Piette who provided a window into what buildings of the future may look like. Next came the near and dear panel on the Cornell Climate Action Plan (CCAP). The panel featured Sarah Carson Zemanick (Director of Campus Sustainability Office), Steve Beyers (Principal Engineer of CCAP), Dr. Jeff Tester (Principal Scientist for Cornell’s Earth Source Heat project), and Sean Sullivan (Director of Smart Grids Innovation and Planning at AVANGRID). Eleven undergrads, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers then presented posters with topics ranging from building energy management, solar panel utilization, to carbon neutralization in a virtual GatherTown space. On day two, Bri-Mathias Hodge joined us from NREL for a combined keynote speech and energy seminar explaining how grid-forming inverters will help keep the electrical system stable as we derive a larger fraction of our power from renewables. Following that came a virtual panel to talk about career perspectives in the energy industry. We welcomed a diverse range of panelists, including Data Center Advisor of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Susanna Kass, founder of Heat Inverse Romy Fain, energy consultant Kevin Jacobs, and R&D engineers Kevin Kimura and Xiaoguang Hao. The whole event was rounded off with an informal discussion engaging the finer points of the Cornell Climate Action Plan.
2021 Energy Day Events:
Day 1 - Wednesday, April 21
Keynote (12:30-1:30 pm)
Mary Ann Piette
Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Innovation and Opportunities for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings
Join the Director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for an overview of building energy use in the United States, exploration of global building issues, and discussion of key challenges in the built environment.
Cornell Climate Action Plan (CCAP) Panel Discussion (2:00-3:30 PM)
Universities' Role in Demonstrating the Path Towards Climate Neutrality
Meet Sarah Zemanick (Direct of the Campus Sustainability Office), Dr. Jefferson Tester (David Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow and Professor), Steve Beyers (Cornell Engineering Section Leader), and Sean Sullivan (Director of Smart Grids Innovation and Planning at AVANGRID. Come with your questions and learn more about how Cornell is addressing the Climate Crisis.
On Apri1 21st, the CESC hosted a hour and a half long panel on the Cornell Climate Action Plan (CCAP). The panel featured Sarah Carson Zemanick (Director of Campus Sustainability Office), Steve Beyers (Principal Engineer of CCAP), Jeff Tester (Principal Scientist for Cornell’s Earth Source Heat project), and Sean Sullivan (Director of Smart Grids Innovation and Planning at AVANGRID). The panel began with each panelist introducing themselves and their relation to or perspective on the CCAP. Once Sarah had provided a general overview, we asked prepared questions as well as those from the audience. A great part of the discussion was focused on what sorts of challenges the CCAP faces and how/if they can be addressed. Among these was understanding that we have a limited time left with Cornell’s 2030 goal and that not all the technology needed to achieve the goals is readily available yet. Upgrading Cornell’s facilities also means understanding how the wider Tompkins County Grid must be adapted or will be impacted by Cornell’s changing energy use. Cornell has already been doing this to an extent through such efforts as building solar plants on Cornell land to the benefit of Dryden residents. The panelists also spoke on how that they feel Cornell has the unique position as a research institution to serve as a vehicle of learning for both its own community through student and faculty engagement in CCAP projects as well as demonstration of the viability of emission lowering technologies that may previously have risk associated with them. Concluding remarks touched on the fact that few places can come close to making the investments that Cornell can, so it comes almost as an imperative that they strive to be a leader in determining what is necessary in the progression towards a zero-emission grid.
Energy Day Poster Session (3:30-6:00 pm)
Engage with Interdisciplinary Energy-related research from across Cornell's campus and meet some of the sustainability and Energy Clubs that exist at Cornell. The poster session will be hosted on the virtual platform Gather Town which allows for more casual and personal interactions.
Energy Days Trivia (6:00-7:00 pm)
Test your Energy prowess and compete against your friends! Hosted on Kahoot this Energy Trivia will wrap us Energy Days Day 1!
Day 2 - Thursday, April 22
Keynote (12:25-1:25 PM)
Chief Scientist in the Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Next Generation Energy Systems
A joint event with Cornell's Energy Engineering Seminar focused on Designing a Sustainable and Reliable Future Through Simulating Next Generation Energy Systems.
Industry Panel Panel Discussion (2:00-3:30 pm)
Industry Perspectives on Careers in Energy and Sustainability
Join industry experts Susanna Kass (Data Center Advisor, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), Dr. Kevin Kimura (Senior Cell Engineer, Lucid Motors), Dr. Xiaoguang Hao (R&D Manager, Albermarle), Dr. Romy Fain (Founder & CEO, Heat Inverse), and Kevin Jacobs (Client Services Director, PowerAdvocate) in a discussion centered around how your engineering degree can be applied to an industry job in the energy sector.
CCAP Student Discussion (3:30-4:30 pm)
An informal discussion forum seeking to engage undergrads, grads, and post-docs in all aspects of energy, climate, and sustainability from basic research to policy to current events. Part of our monthly discussion series, this discussion will focus on the Cornell Climate Action Plan, our concerns, and ideas for a carbon-neutral Cornell!