Study looks at planned geothermal hybrid energy system at Cornell University
Details on studies for a potential hybrid energy system to utilise geothermal energy for heating and electricity generation at a campus of Cornell University in the United States.
In an article in Cornell Chronicle, Cornell University’s plan for the utilisation of geothermal energy are described. The University plans a hybrid system using geothermal energy for both heating and electricity could reduce campus greenhouse emissions around 25% more than using it just for heating, potentially bringing Cornell close to its goal of carbon neutrality, according to new research.
A study led by Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, proposed two hybrid energy systems based on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, using geothermal energy in combination with other sources.
“Cornell has a huge campus. We have more than 600 buildings, and every building needs a lot of heating and cooling,” said You, senior author of “Carbon-Neutral Hybrid Energy Systems with Deep Water Source Cooling, Biomass Heating, and Geothermal Heat and Power,” which was published online May 9 in Applied Energy. “That’s the motivation of this study. We aim to redesign and optimize our existing energy systems, and find out how far we are away from being carbon neutral.”
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Source: Cornell University