SMU Geothermal Lab

Heat Pumps

The SMU Geothermal Lab specializes in exploration of geothermal resources focusing on temperatures capable of producing electrical energy, yet we find many of our requests related to discussions on geothermal systems for homes and buildings, or direct use of geothermal resources for commercial applications such as agriculture or aquaculture.  If you want to discuss your project, contact Maria Richards at 214-768-1975 or by email at

Contractors/companies related to heat pumps and homeowners who are interested in geothermal energy are welcome to sign up for one of our periodic newsletters.

Included below are some links to sites with more information about Heat Pumps, also known as Geothermal Heat Pumps or Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP).   The list  is not inclusive.  There are many companies who build related equipment and contractors to design and install equipment.

  • ClimateMaster has information on how geothermal energy works for heating and cooling homes and a Geothermal Cost Savings Calculator.  
  • Colorado Geo Energy and Heat Pump Association has information for Colorado and beyond. 
  • Department of Energy has a good introduction to the types of geothermal heat pump systems available. 
  • DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.
  • European Ground Source Heat Pump Association provides GSHP news from Europe.
  • GeoSource Solutions offer geothermal heating and cooling systems in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.
  • Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium has detailed information on geothermal based air conditioning systems and its use in the private and government sectors. The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium has been working to increase the awareness and use of geoexchange technology throughout the United States and the world.  They also have an excellent newsletter we recommend.
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps Are U.S. website includes a "Useful Website & Reports" section. 
  • GEOKISS website includes Ground Source Heat Pump design research and materials from Dr. Steve Kavanaugh of University of Alabama. Great material for those who want to do it themselves. The site includes a list of heat pump manufacturers, suppliers and contractors.
  • Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology does research on Direct Use Applications including Ground Source Heat Pumps. They provide “An Information Survival Kit for the Prospective Geothermal Heat Pump Owner”. 
  • HeatSpring offers training courses for geothermal installers and designers. 
  • IGSHPA - the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, has list of designers and installers who have been through their training class.
  • TERRASource supply geothermal heating and cooling systems.