As heat boils in the Earth’s deep subsurface, researchers around the world are developing better ways to tap into that energy source.
The rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) isn’t hot. But it’s perfect for researchers with the Department of Energy's Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Collab who want to study rocks at relevant depth and pressures—without sweating the extreme temperatures.
On January 13, 2022, Hunter Knox, a geophysicist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Paul Schwering, a senior geoscientist at Sandia National Laboratories, described the geothermal research happening at SURF in Lead, South Dakota.
Watch their webinar “Deep Talks: Harnessing the Heat Beneath Our Feet.” (1:11:34)