Friday, December 23, 2016

USA, New York: Focus on GRC Member's Geothermal Energy Research

Beneath Our Feet: Geothermal Energy (Cornell Research.)

Trapped within Earth’s layers of impermeable rock is an energy source, waiting to be efficiently tapped.

Adam Hawkins
Few researchers are equally adept in both the field and the lab. Adam Hawkins (a GRC member), a graduate student in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is one of those researchers, and rightly so. His work on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) bridges the gap between lab-based experiments and widespread field commercialization.

As a research team member in the Jefferson W. Tester lab, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Hawkins uses a combination of experimental field tracer tests, lab experiments, and computational models to predict the performance of geothermal reservoirs—hot water and steam trapped under impermeable rock within the Earth.

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