SMU Geothermal Lab

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.

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Our expertise includes:

  • Academic research by faculty, staff, and students
  • Geothermal Maps such as the Geothermal Map of North America
  • Projects, such as the National Geothermal Data System, the Enhanced Geothermal Potential of the Cascades, the Geothermal Synthesis of Dixie Valley, Nevada
  • Current research on temperature logs for climate change, the stability of methane hydrates along continental shelves, co-production and distributed geothermal generation
  • Well logging with high precision Temperature-Depth measurements
  • Sample analysis of Thermal Conductivity measurement for commercial clients

The Lab assists the public through:

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SMU Geothermal Laboratory
Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences
PO Box 750395 | Dallas, Texas | 75275-0395
214-768-2749 |