Geothermal energy is contained in underground reservoirs of steam, hot water, and hot dry rocks. Geothermal power is cost effective, reliable, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. Recent advances in technology have expanded the size and range of geothermal power applications. At electric generating facilities, hot water or steam is drawn from geothermal reservoirs in the Earth's crust and is supplied to steam turbines at electric utilities that drive generators to produce electricity. Moderate-to-low termperature geothermal resources are used for direct-use applications such as district and space heating. Lower temperature, shallow ground, geothermal resources are used by geothermal heat pumps to heat and cool buildings.



Banerjee, Debjyoti, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Batchelor, Bill, Department of Civil Engineering

Briaud, Jean-Louis, Department of Civil Engineering

Caton, Jerald A., Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ehlig-Economides, Christine, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Falcone, Gioia, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Koch, Matt, TEES and TCAT

Medina-Cetina, Zenon, Department of Civil Engineering

Sanchez, Marcelo, Department of Civil Engineering

Teodoriu, Catalin, Department of Petroleum Engineering


The College of Geosciences houses several research centers with related expertise in geothermal energy, including:

The Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum & Sedimentary Systems

The Center for Tectonophysics

Geochemical & Environmental Research Group

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program

For more information about the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, please visit their website: http://geosciences.tamu.edu/