11/14 @ 1pm SMU’s Maria Richards will be testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy

SMU News Originally Posted: Nov. 13, 2019 SMU's Maria Richards, an authority on geothermal energy, will be testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Energy about how to unearth the next wave of energy innovation using water and geothermal power. You can watch the live tweet Thursday, 11/14 at 1 p.m. CT here: https://science.house.gov/hearings/water-and-geothermal-power-unearthing-the-next-wave-of-energy-innovation  

By | 2019-11-13T10:32:02-08:00 November 13th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences|Comments Off on 11/14 @ 1pm SMU’s Maria Richards will be testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy

New power generation technology using waste heat from geothermal plants tested at SMU

Think GeoEnergy Originally Posted: June 13, 2019 A research project by the Geothermal Lab in SMU has sparked optimism for the use of PwrCor technology to generate additional power from ultra-low-grade heat typically discarded by geothermal facilities. Source GlobeNewswire The Geothermal Laboratory at Southern Methodist University (SMU) has just completed a research project that aims to use ultra-low-grade heat (150 °F to 250 °F) normally discarded by geothermal facilities to generate additional electricity. A central component of this project was the proprietary bottoming cycle technology of PwrCor, Inc., an advanced technology company that focuses on renewable energy solutions for Waste-to-Heat Power, Geothermal, and Solar markets. Based on the data compiled from 31 out of 73 US-based geothermal sites, an approximate 427 MWe can be generated [...]

By | 2019-06-17T09:22:04-08:00 June 17th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on New power generation technology using waste heat from geothermal plants tested at SMU

Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Be an Energy Source. But Should It?

National Geographic Originally Posted: August 8, 2018 Yellowstone National Park could power the entire continental U.S. with clean energy. Maria Richards of SMU Geothermal Laboratory weighs in via National Geographic on why it remains untapped. The northwest corner of Wyoming is boiling. There, 10,000 hydrothermal features transform Yellowstone National Park into an alien world with searing waters and steaming vents—all fueled by a simmering supervolcano. While scientists agree that Yellowstone is not likely to erupt anytime soon, if and when it does, the event would be catastrophic. A massive magma chamber feeds this supervolcano, and an eruption would pack enough power to expel more than a thousand cubic kilometers of rock and ash at once. That would blanket most of the continental United States in debris and potentially plunge Earth into a volcanic [...]

By | 2018-08-09T08:06:48-08:00 August 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Be an Energy Source. But Should It?

Geothermal energy is slowly gaining steam in homes

CBS MoneyWatch Originally posted: March 1, 2018 Steve Smith has had a rough few years. The Greenville, Illinois, resident has been in business for himself since 1996, installing heating and cooling systems. Ten years later, he bought a manufacturer. At the end of 2016, he had more than 120 employees and relationships with hundreds of vendors, doing work across all 50 states and in Canada. But starting in 2016, his business shrunk by nearly half. "2017 hit and it was a cliff for us," Smith said. His sales dropped by half, he said, adding that by the end of last year, he had just 76 workers. "My wife knows their kids' names, how old they are," he said. "To lay people off, it was just [...]

By | 2018-03-02T11:00:07-08:00 March 2nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Geothermal energy is slowly gaining steam in homes

Annual conference highlights developments in oil & gas industry for geothermal sector

ThinkGeoenergy Originally Posted: January 22, 2018 Earlier this month, Southern Methodist University (SMU) hosted its 9th annual international “Power Plays” conference from January 10th-11th in Dallas, Texas. The conference was centered on recent advances in the oil and gas industry and how these promote further production of geothermal energy through the capture of waste heat and fluid, among other methods. It was planned and executed on behalf of SMU’s renowned Geothermal Lab, headed by Dr. Maria Richards. The conference opened with an evening reception and poster session on Wednesday, January 10th from 6-8pm. Posters focused on a myriad of topics from water-hammer drilling techniques, to new geothermal resource exploration in Indonesia, to supercritical extraction of lithium from geothermal waters. Thursday, January 11th, was filled with nearly [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:54:28-08:00 January 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Annual conference highlights developments in oil & gas industry for geothermal sector

The SMU Geothermal Laboratory will host their 9th international energy conference and workshop, Power Plays: Drilling Into Geothermal Applications, Jan. 10-11

Event Date: January 10-11, 2018 Location: SMU Dallas Campus The conference will advance the understanding of geothermal resources in conjunction with waste-heat and direct-use applications, providing attendees with strategies for developing clean energy. Go here for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Programs/GeothermalLab/Conference

By | 2018-01-08T18:01:44-08:00 January 5th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on The SMU Geothermal Laboratory will host their 9th international energy conference and workshop, Power Plays: Drilling Into Geothermal Applications, Jan. 10-11

SMU Researchers Find West Virginia Geothermal Spots

Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: May 26,2017 The state of West Virginia has been home to coal-driven energy for nearly two centuries. Now, there could be another energy source directly under the Mountain State’s surface discovered by researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The researchers, examining previously overlooked oil and gas data, located several hot patches of earth, some as hot as 392 degrees Fahrenheit. These hot patches are situated roughly three miles under the state’s surface. In fact, scientists believe West Virginia could be sitting on the largest geothermal hot spot in the United States. GEOTHERMAL PATCHES WERE IN OVERLOOKED OIL AND GAS DATA SMU’s Geothermal Lab Coordinator Maria Richards told the Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg, West Virginia that the hot patches were discovered [...]

By | 2017-05-30T09:18:10-08:00 May 30th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Researchers Find West Virginia Geothermal Spots

Could Texas’ dirty coal power plants be replaced by geothermal systems?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 26, 2016 For Texas electricity customers, geothermal energy is pretty much an afterthought. But some scientists — and even some people in the oil and gas business — say that heat from deep underground may become a significant source of power. At least, that’s the message at a conference held today at Southern Methodist University, hosted by the school’s geothermal laboratory. The event pulled together an unusual mix: Academics, oil company bosses, people hawking heat-transfer equipment, geothermal experts and a few environmentalists. READ MORE

By | 2016-04-27T09:32:26-08:00 April 27th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Could Texas’ dirty coal power plants be replaced by geothermal systems?

SMU ‘Power Plays’ conference April 25-26

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: April 22, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s renowned Geothermal Lab will host its eighth international energy conference April 25-26 on the Dallas campus, focused on using the oilfield as a base for alternative energy production through the capture of waste heat and fluids. In addition to oil and gas field geothermal projects, experts will discuss coal plant conversion for geothermal production, the intersection of geothermal energy and desalination, and large-scale direct use of the energy source produced by the internal heat of the earth. “Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields” begins with an opening reception and poster session from 5:30 – 8 pm Monday, April 25, followed by a daylong program of speakers and presentations Tuesday, April 26. [...]

By | 2016-04-22T09:24:40-08:00 April 22nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU ‘Power Plays’ conference April 25-26

Think GeoEnergy: Interview with Maria Richards at the Geothermal Lab at SMU in Texas

Think GeoEnergy Originally Posted: March 3, 2016 Utilizing geothermal energy in oil & gas fields could expand the geothermal sector dramatically and is the key topic of the annual Power Plays conference organized by SMU in Texas. Here we talk with Maria Richards on SMU, the conference and her view on geothermal energy in oil and gas fields. Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas is one of the few universities in the United States with a dedicated geothermal laboratory and/ or program. The school has played a particularly important role in looking at ways for a technology transfer from the oil & gas sector into geothermal. This year the school will be holding its 8th international geothermal energy conference, “Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in [...]

By | 2016-03-04T06:50:19-08:00 March 3rd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Think GeoEnergy: Interview with Maria Richards at the Geothermal Lab at SMU in Texas
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