Renewable Energy Research Park

A living laboratory for renewable energy research and demonstration...

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A Renewable Energy Research Park is an Innovation goal in the Cornell Climate Action Plan (CAP).

 
Geothermal Energy: An Emerging Option for Heat and Power
Geothermal Energy: An Emerging Option for Heat and Power


Work with The Cornell Energy Institute to assess the feasibility of establishing a renewable energy research park to increase the visibility of new technologies and serve as a teaching tool for the university.

Goal: Assess the feasibility of establishing a renewable energy research park to 1) increase the visibility of new technologies, 2) demonstrate their viability at scale, and 3) serve as a teaching tool for the university in a living laboratory setting.

Faculty at The Cornell Energy Institute will take the lead to prepare a white paper and conceptual illustration of the proposed research park, highlighting how the facility will function as a living laboratory for renewable energy research and demonstration. Possible renewable and efficient technologies to be demonstrated or deployed at the park include: solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal heat pumps, biomass thermal gasification and liquefaction concepts for a range of feedstock types (CURBI), and small-scale wind energy.

The proposed energy research park would provide a living laboratory for faculty conducting research in renewable energy, as well as for engineering and CALS students. At the appropriate time, the community, including K-12 schools, would be welcome to tour and take advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the various projects deployed at the energy research park.

Next Steps

  • The Cornell Energy Institute will prepare a conceptual drawing and a white paper to describe the value of the project to the university.
  • Convene a planning team to help determine the appropriate site on campus for the park and potential funding sources.
  • Actively seek public and private funding for this project.

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The project cost is expected to range between $10-15M.