Academic Venture Fund - 2020

Improving Cementation of Geothermal Wells

Steam chimneys at geothermal site

Geothermal energy is a promising alternative to conventional fossil-based energy sources, using steam from reservoirs to power turbines or pass through heat pumps. Proper construction and subsequent cementation of geothermal wells are required to recover this heat. Drilling wells that remain intact using new formulations can help reduce climate risks. This project will identify and test the suitability of alternate cementitious materials for the expected geological conditions in Ithaca and provide recommendations for the Earth Source Heat project at Cornell University.

Investigators: Sriramya Nair, Geoffrey Coates, Rick Geddes