Power in Puerto Rico – how ‘nanogrids’ could help in the future

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, millions find themselves without power in Puerto Rico and facing a long haul of repairs to restore electricity to the island. Engineers at Cornell University are working on ways to keep the lights on in homes after storms large and small. Civil and environmental engineering professor Edwin Cowen is Faculty Director for Energy […]

Green energy on the rise with three new Cornell solar farms

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University formally opened three additional solar farms in December that will generate large amounts of electricity and help the campus achieve its carbon neutrality goals. “We’re making substantial, meaningful progress on Cornell’s Climate Action Plan – and one way is to obtain more electricity from solar power,” said Sarah Zemanick, director […]

Creativity leads to measuring ultrafast, thin photodetector

ITHACA, N.Y. – Making an incredibly fast photodetector is one thing, but actually measuring its speed is another. Graduate student Haining Wang came up with an inventive way of measuring the near-instantaneous electrical current generated using a light detector that he and a team of Cornell engineers made using an atomically thin material. The team, […]

Cornell to buy all of proposed Black Oak Wind Farm’s energy

Making a stride toward reducing carbon emission, Cornell University has agreed to purchase all electricity generated by the proposed Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield, New York, which is pending municipal approvals. This purchase represents 20 percent of the university’s total annual electricity use – enough energy to power approximately 5,000 homes. The Cornell University […]