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Geothermal Energy

Steam spouting from a hole in the ground

Wendy Calvin

Wendy Calvin, Lead
Professor, Geological Sciences & Engineering

Research in the geothermal energy group has concentrated on the geosciences, including:

  • Structural geology
  • Seismology
  • Gravity/magnetics
  • Geodesy
  • Geochemistry
  • Remote sensing focused on exploration for new geothermal systems and understanding favorable regional settings

Funded research has worked to develop and refine approaches to identify potential new systems, create genetic occurrence models for systems in the Basin and Range, and model reservoir fluid and heat transport .

Research results have led to the discovery of several new geothermal systems as well as a better understanding and characterization of geothermal systems in the Great Basin.

Engineering research looks at heat exchange, evaporation and condensation to improve plant efficiency and new materials to improve wear and corrosion resistance of pipeline materials.

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