Preparing for Earth Source Heat
Funding undergraduate independent research projects on Cornell's ESH project
AVF project: An enhanced geothermal system could bring clean, renewable heat and a smaller carbon footprint to Cornell by 2035. Cornell’s Earth Source Heat (ESH) project will use hot water from deep within the Earth to heat Ithaca campus buildings. The researchers aim to refine this emerging technology by testing techniques for mapping how fluids move underground, optimal well placement and long-term safety monitoring. The team will also engage community stakeholders in assessing perceived risks and benefits and planning ESH implementation.
The supplemental grant funds at least three independent research projects: collecting and analyzing seismic data and preparing results for the public; identifying factors that influence public support for ESH and learning to communicate about the project effectively; and testing satellite observations to monitor the subsurface; as well as participation of undergraduates in collection of data in the field.
Topics: Energy, Environment and Sustainability; Law, Government and Policy
Matthew Pritchard, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; College of Engineering
Katie Keranen, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Engineering
Katherine McComas, Department of Communication
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Greg McLaskey, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
Academic Venture Fund Supplemental Grants
Supporting undergraduate participation in cutting-edge, community-engaged projects funded by the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability