Energy Systems

Reversing humanity’s carbon footprint, without compromising quality of life in the developed world and economic growth in the developing world, has emerged as the grandest of the grand challenges of our time.

The Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) will bring together faculty, students, and infrastructure to develop materials, devices, and systems innovations that hold potential to address this challenge.

Photovoltaic solar panels at the Solar Farm on Snyder Road. (photo by Jason Koski, Cornell University)

The institute will specifically leverage existing and new investments in faculty, postdoctoral scholars, seed grants, course work, and graduate student fellowships to accelerate the pace with which energy systems research is translated into impactful solutions that facilitate bending of the carbon and warming curves.

Duffield Hall in the snow with

Photo by Jason Koski, Cornell University.