Applied thermophysical studies at the ISGS with partners from UIUC, and state, national and international organizations are developing efficient ground-source heat exchange (GSHE) and low temperature geoexchange systems. These renewable green energy sources will offset greenhouse gas emissions and assist UIUC in meeting its 2050 Climate Action Plan objectives. The ISGS is leading 3 important projects to learn more about the underground thermal profile: 1) How agricultural practices and climate change impact NSF’s Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory 2) Perfecting the technical aspects for optimizing GSHE systems. 3) Determine the feasibility of incorporating the Deep Direct-Use geothermal technology at UIUC, other university campuses, and military installations for DOE-EERE. Currently, our team is seeking additional opportunities nationally and internationally (e.g., US DoD) and are developing an advanced experimental laboratory to model heat transport at multiple scales in the heterogeneous subsurface.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 2018|