Tuesday, September 6, 2016

USA, New York: Cornell to Use EGS to Develop Geothermal Heat System

Geothermal project could warm campus, expand energy study (Cornell University)

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, is pursuing a project that has the potential to eliminate an estimated 82,000 metric tons of carbon from its annual footprint and establish one of the country’s most advanced geothermal systems to heat the 745-acre Ithaca campus – an effort that could demonstrate a new scalable model for using this sustainable energy source throughout the U.S. and almost anywhere in the world.

Cornell is calling the project “Earth Source Heat.” This effort to explore the potential of enhanced-geothermal energy will combine Cornell’s world-leading energy and sustainability researchers with the living laboratory of Cornell’s facilities over the next two decades. Its first step will be a planned small-scale demonstration installation within about five years of a well pair that will reach into the basement rock more than two miles below the surface to tap the Earth’s vast heat reservoir. Water will be circulated in a closed loop through the rock and return to the surface to supply heat to the campus.

If Cornell’s Earth Source Heat project is successful, it could provide that much-needed blueprint that unleashes the potential of enhanced-geothermal energy.