On this page, you will find information about geoenergy, sustainable energy practices, what our scientists are working on this area, and the effect their work has.
What Is Geoenergy?
Geoenergy, also known as energy geoscience, is a term used when discussing geothermal energy, which refers to thermal energy created and stored within Earth. Harnessing the power of geothermal energy often involves tapping underground steam or hot water reservoirs and using that heat to power electrical generators.
The processes of turning geothermal energy into usable electrical power involves expertise, research, and technologies created by geologists, chemists, and geophysicists alike.
Geothermal and Alternative Energy Research
This area of science focuses on geothermal exploration and development, petroleum geosciences, and more, and it often operates at the intersection of geology and geophysics. Principles of geology address petroleum systems, model development for hydrocarbon occurrences, and reservoir quality assessment, while the principles of geophysics are often used to apply physical techniques to delineating hydrocarbon traps and informing on rock and fluid properties.
Geoenergy research also addresses the delineation of thermal sources, reservoir characterization, the hydrochemistry of deep hot water, and the environmental footprint of oil and gas production—particularly for unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs.
Given the virtually limitless amounts of heat generated by Earth’s core, geothermal energy is a valuable renewable resource.