Academic Venture Fund - 2017

Preparing for Earth Source Heat

Modeling waterflow through porous rock

An enhanced geothermal system could bring clean, renewable heat and a smaller carbon footprint to Cornell by 2035. Cornell's Earth Source Heat (ESH) project will use hot water from deep within the Earth to heat Ithaca campus buildings. The researchers aim to refine this emerging technology by testing techniques for mapping how fluids move underground, optimal well placement, and long-term safety monitoring. The team will also engage community stakeholders in assessing perceived risks and benefits and planning ESH implementation.

Investigators: Matthew Pritchard, Katherine McComas, Greg McLaskey