[/caption]MSNBC.com has covered the geothermal energy research of SMU Hamilton Professor of Geophysics David Blackwell, Maria Richards and the SMU Geothermal Laboratory. The Lab, funded by a grant from Google.org, Blackwell and Richards, the Geothermal Lab coordinator, released a new map earlier this week that documents significant geothermal resources across the United States capable of producing more than three million megawatts of green power — 10 times the installed capacity of coal power plants today.
Forbes in its Oct. 26 online news has covered the geothermal energy research of SMU Hamilton Professor of Geophysics David Blackwell, Maria Richards and the SMU Geothermal Laboratory. Blackwell and Richards, the Geothermal Lab coordinator, released a new map earlier this week that documents significant geothermal resources across the United States capable of producing more than three million megawatts of green power — 10 times the installed capacity of coal power plants today.
One of the petroleum industry's major sources for industry news has covered the emergence of geothermal energy from existing oil and gas fields as a potential source of power generation.
The June 20 article "Geothermal in the oil field, the next emerging market" provides context for the emerging technology that is making geothermal production possible. The article cites SMU's annual geothermal conference as a source of more information about geothermal production.
The SMU Geothermal Laboratory hosted its fifth international conference dedicated to "Geothermal Energy Utilization Associated with Oil & Gas Development" in mid-June on the SMU campus.
A National Geographic Daily News story about the potential of geothermal heat from beneath the Earth's surface as a source of clean, renewable energy tapped the expertise of SMU geophysicist David Blackwell. Blackwell, whose decades-long research led him to map the nation's geothermal energy potential, is one of the foremost experts on geothermal energy. He heads SMU's Geothermal Laboratory.
Science journalist David LaGesse interviewed Blackwell for the Dec. 28 article "Can Geothermal Energy Pick Up Real Steam?"
Science, the international weekly science journal, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has covered the geothermal mapping research of the Southern Methodist University's Geothermal Laboratory, led by SMU geologist David Blackwell and funded by Google.org.
The Oct. 4 article "West Virginia is a Geothermal Hot Spot" by science journalist Eli Kintisch quotes Maria Richards, coordinator of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory.
West Virginia is hot bed for geothermal resources: Green energy source in coal country, says Google-funded SMU research
New research by SMU's Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a Google.org grant, suggests the Earth's temperature beneath West Virginia is significantly higher than previously estimated.
The finding suggests the resource in West Virginia could support commercial baseload geothermal energy production, says SMU's David Blackwell.
Geothermal energy is the use of the Earth's heat to produce heat and electricity. "Geothermal is an extremely reliable form of energy, and it generates power 24/7, which makes it a baseload source like coal or nuclear," said David Blackwell, Hamilton Professor of Geophysics and Director of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory. (Photo: Yellowstone hot springs)
Texas, which has been the nation's largest fossil-fuel producer, also has an abundant supply of another natural resource for a different kind of energy boom: clean, renewable, geothermal energy.
Like the oil and gas beneath Texas, there's a huge quantity of naturally occurring "hot rocks" underground that could be tapped for geothermal energy to produce electricity, according to new research by SMU scientists. South and East Texas have an abundant supply, say the researchers.
Enhancing existing oil and gas wells for the purpose of producing electricity from the Earth's heat will be the focus of an annual international geothermal conference at SMU in November. The conference is coordinated by the SMU Geothermal Laboratory and SMU's Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. "Geothermal Energy Utilization Associated with Oil and [...]