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News – 2021

June 2021: Funding has been approved to continue at least through August 2022 the monitoring of natural and anthropogenic seismic signals, and analyzing the data.

May 2021. Nicolás Rangel Jurado successfully defended his Master’s thesis, on the topic “Thermal Performance Evaluations of Fractured and Closed-Loop Geothermal Reservoirs.” Nico’s work was supervised by Assistant Professor Patrick Fulton, with extensive collaboration with Professor Jeff Tester, Post-Doc Adam Hawkins, and NREL’s Koenraad Beckers. After completing the final details of the degree, Nico has begun a doctoral program in the geothermal energy research group at ETH Zurich.

Spring 2021: Capuano Engineering Company has officially joined the CUBO team as Drilling Engineers. Capuano Engineering has worked closely with Cornell’s team to design the drilling and logging technical specifications. They will participate in selection of the most qualified contractors and, when drilling is in progress, one of their engineers will be present on the drill site to provide technical oversight of the contracted drilling, casing, and logging services. Cornell’s team will depend heavily on the advice of Capuano Engineering when reaching decisions about progressive adjustments to plans as drilling proceeds. Capuano Engineering Company has specialized in geothermal wells for nearly 5o years.

19 January 2021: Researchers Professor Teresa Jordan and Engineer Steve Beyers contributed to a Cornell-sponsored virtual Town Hall, to update the community on the research that led to the intended drilling of the Cornell University Borehole Observatory (CUBO), funded by the Department of Energy. Also participating with Rick Burgess, Vice President, Facilities and Campus Services, and Anthony Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus.




News – 2019-2020

01-17 December 2020: As part of the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, the AGU TV media activities included a video about Cornell’s aspirations for Earth Source Heat and the soon-to-begin exploratory borehole.

 09 December 2020: Graduate student Nicolás Rangel Jurado presented a paper at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, titled “Effects of Realistic Aperture Distributions on the Thermal Performance of Discretely Fractured Geothermal Reservoirs.” His coauthors and collaborators were Assistant Professor Patrick Fulton, Post Doctoral Associate Adam Hawkins, graduate student Ivanakbar Purwamaska, and Professor Jefferson Tester. The paper was in a set of contributions in a session dedicated to “Coupled Flow Processes in Fractured Media Across Scales: Recent Advances in Experimental and Modeling Efforts.”

01 December 2020:  A newly published paper in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Drilling details the opportunities to extend scientific understanding of the hydrology, mechanics and deep biosphere of the continental crust while simultaneously advancing the rigorous analysis of Cornell’s Earth Source Heat aspiration.

September 10, 2020: American Geophysical Unions EOS published a Science Update, “Exploring by Boring: Geothermal Wells as Research Tools” that highlights the ICDP workshop borehole planning activities and the soon-to-be-drilled Cornell exploration borehole. 

July 29, 2020: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office announced that Cornell University was selected to receive funding to drill an exploratory borehole on campus, to test the technical feasibility of extracting deep earth heat to Cornell’s district heating system. The project plan is described by the Cornell Chronicle.

August 27, 2019: The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) sponsored a Workshop to design a science plan for a Cornell deep geothermal pilot well, 8-10 January 2020, in Ithaca, NY.

August 27, 2019: The new semester finds student groups working on the use of tracers to investigate geothermal reservoir performance, and fractures in the basement rocks that are a reservoir target for a Cornell pilot borehole.

News – 2018 

News – 2017 

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