Cornell Earth Source Heat Project
Cornell University is exploring geothermal heating as a sustainable method to warm its Ithaca campus. The project, titled Earth Source Heat, proposes to circulate initially cool water through subsurface reservoirs, where it will be naturally heated by the warmer temperature of the rocks. Earth Source Heat (ESH) includes a research collaboration between faculty, staff, and students across several science and engineering departments with the campus facilities staff. ESH is a major component of Cornell University’s proposed solutions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. There are two websites that describe the project -- a research page that focuses on detailed scientific and engineering studies: http://deepgeothermalheat.engineering.cornell.edu and a more general page: http://earthsourceheat.cornell.edu/ . with broader treatment of the motivation and stages of development of the heat production project. Selected technical reports are published on ecommons so that they will be preserved for posterity.
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Seismic Studies in Support of Earth Source Heating at Cornell University: Stratigraphy in the Vicinity of ESH Candidate Drill Sites from Multichannel Seismic Reflection Profiling in 2018 (2019-12)Multichannel seismic reflection surveys using vibroseis sources and nodal seismic recorders were carried out on and near Cornell University’s Ithaca campus in support of the ongoing Earth Source Heat Project (ESH). These ...
Geological evaluation of subsurface features near Ithaca, NY: interpretations of seismic reflection profiles collected by the petroleum industry (2019-12)To provide background geological information with which to assess some of the technical and environmental risks of a Cornell Earth Source Heat (ESH) project in Ithaca, NY, this report describes the geological features ...