Tuesday, January 29, 2019

USA, Texas: Talk on Geothermal Energy at South by Southwest Conference & Festival

The Sun Beneath Our Feet: Our Geothermal Future (SXSW)

10 March, 3:30- 4:30pm, Fairmont Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas

  • Jamie Beard, Managing Dir, Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization; Asst Dir, Blackstone LaunchPad, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation & Faculty Director, Cockrell School of Engineering; Partner Emeritus, Polaris Partners, The University of Texas at Austin
We are literally standing on the sun. The core of the earth is 6000C, and drilling only 5-10 miles down would give us access to temperatures that far exceed what we need to create unlimited, CO2 free, clean energy. So why haven't we done this? Because a set of technical and engineering problems related to high temperature, deep drilling technologies are currently holding us back. These problems are solvable, and addressing them will enable our energy "silver bullet." A consortium has formed at the University of Texas at Austin, combining legacy drilling engineering expertise with our robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our aim is to catalyze a geothermal renaissance, enabling baseload capable geothermal energy by 2030. We want to invite the world to engage with this problem set and process.

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