Cornell’s faculty and staff have extensive expertise in developing renewable energy systems and have studied large-scale geothermal systems around the world. This expertise, combined with the university’s history of creating and deploying new energy systems on campus (such as Lake Source Cooling), make Cornell exceptionally well-suited to explore this technology.

Deep Geothermal Heat Research

Research related to Earth Source Heat is continually evolving as the project has progressed through the preparatory phase and has moved into the exploratory phase. The current focus is on planning the scope for drilling and testing of an approximately 2-mile-deep exploratory borehole that has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Other recent work has focused on identifying and modeling flow rates of potential sedimentary and crystalline bedrock reservoirs, surface geophysical testing to characterize the mechanical structure of the subsurface, multiple phases of seismometer deployments, and updating existing campus energy distribution infrastructure. All the data collected as part of this project is made publicly available on Cornell’s Deep Geothermal Heat Research website.