About Us

The SMU Geothermal Laboratory 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.

SMU Geothermal Lab 2016 Power Plays ConferenceThe SMU Geothermal Lab hosted our 8th international energy conference and workshop, Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields, April 25-26, 2016 on the SMU Campus in Dallas, Texas.

Presentations from the 2016 conference are available for purchase.  Presentations from earlier conferences are available on our website.

For older blog posts on the SMU Geothermal Laboratory, visit the SMU Research blog.

Donations to support our geothermal education, research and outreach are gratefully accepted.