Environmental research at SMU brings together faculty and students to solve
problems ranging from climate change to water and air pollution, seeking
solutions ranging from environmental economics to alternative energy. Check this
site frequently for updates on a variety of projects underway across campus.
Will Geothermal Energy Be The New “Texas Tea?
Drilling for oil and gas is a watery business: If you don’t hit
water while drilling, odds are it’s going to be necessary to inject
water to break up the surrounding rock. The nuisance water that
spews from these drilling operations is a hidden resource, says
SMU’s renowned geothermal team: Run the wastewater that has
conveniently been heated by the Earth through the right kind of
pump, and you’ll produce electricity at the well head.
Assessment of geothermal heat in South and East Texas
SMU’s geothermal team recently completed an assessment for the Texas State
Conservation Office that found enough geothermal heat in South and East Texas to
supply the state with clean, renewable, affordable energy for hundreds of years.
SMU research has proven the vast potential for producing electricity by
circulating groundwater through a pump specially deigned to produce
turbine-driving vapor at relatively low temperatures.
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