SMU Geothermal Lab

SMU Geothermal Laboratory

The SMU Geothermal Lab was established in 1970 by Dr. David Blackwell. We are an active research facility, with a variety of ongoing geothermal resource projects. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to broaden the understanding and use of geothermal energy, from the simplest form - geothermal heat pumps for buildings, to the large-scale deployment of geothermal power plants providing energy for our cities. Our research also explores opportunities to integrate renewable geothermal projects in an oil & gas setting.

Our expertise includes:
Academic research by faculty, staff, and students
Data integration into Geothermal Maps such as the Geothermal Map of North America
Research projects, such as the National Geothermal Data System, the Enhanced Geothermal Potential of the Cascades, the Geothermal Synthesis of Dixie Valley, Nevada, the ability to use temperature logs for climate change; and the stability of methane hydrates along continental shelves
Well logging with high precision Temperature-Depth measurements 
Sample analysis of Thermal Conductivity measurement for commercial clients

The Lab assists the public through:
Hosting of a Geothermal Energy Utilization conference
Teacher and student educational classroom materials
A monthly newsletter on the geothermal, oil/gas, and energy industries, along with general information for the public on events, funding, and research opportunities
Research and travel updates on our blog
Suggested publications and papers for those interested in learning more