SMU Gets Google.org Goodies For Geothermal Stuff

The philanthropic arm of Google just announced a $10.25 million investment in some whizzbang science called Enhanced Geothermal Systems. I’m not going to pretend to know what that means. Okay. I’ll pretend: “It’s like making tiny steam engines out of hot springs … only much, much bigger … and at places where the hot springs were a secret.” Anyway, a very specific part of that investment — $489,521 — goes to SMU “to improve understanding of the size and distribution of geothermal energy resources and to update geothermal mapping of North America.” Here’s more on the announcement. And here’s more on SMU’s Geothermal Lab.

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3 responses to “SMU Gets Google.org Goodies For Geothermal Stuff”

  1. El Rey says:

    I went to SMU’s geothermal conference a while back and I was pretty impressed with the work they are doing. I’m glad they are getting some help ($$$) from the Googleverse. The waste heat generator sysytem is very impressive, too.

  2. Bill says:

    Sidenote:When SMU was first built in the 20’s it was far off the grid and they had to drill artesian water wells. The water that came out of the ground was 140 degrees and had to be run through a series of coolers to make it drinkable. The uncooled water was warm enough even after running through a couple hundred feet of pipe that the first campus buildings did not have water heaters for hot water.

    The wells are still there, just capped off.

    They also dug some very deep exploratory wells there in the late 20’s and hit natural gas. But that’s a secret. Shhhhhh.

  3. kwin says:

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