This student-led project will involve the design, construction, and installation of an energy geo-structure for heating the UIUC Energy Farm, located near the southeast corner of Race Street and Curtis Road on the South Farms.
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Geothermal on Campus (Ongoing)
The geothermal researchers suggest considering geothermal in collaboration with aquaponics. Apparently, our region could be a great supplier of shrimp farming some day...
Use Renewable / Low-carbon / Clean Energy
- Solar Energy on Campus
- Wind Energy on Campus
Geothermal on Campus
- Geothermal at Allerton Park
- CEE Hydrosystems Energy Lab Geothermal
- Campus Instructional Facility (CIF) Geothermal
- Geothermal Monitoring Well on Bardeen Quad
- Geothermal Test Well at Energy Farm
- Geothermal at the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration building
- Geothermal at the Energy Farm
- Geothermal at the Fruit Farm Admin Building
- ISTC Geothermal Loop
- Methane Capture on Campus
- Biomass use on Campus
- Power Purchase Agreements for Clean Energy
Geothermal energy is thermal energy stored in the Earth that humans can extract, process and then use. Geothermal energy is cost effective, reliable, and sustainable, but has historically been limited to areas near tectonic plate boundaries. Recent technological advances have expanded the range and size of viable resources, especially for applications such as home heating. Geothermal wells release greenhouse gases trapped in the earth, but these emissions are much lower than those of fossil fuels. Geothermal power can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if used in place of fossil fuels. Drilling and exploration for these deep resources is very expensive, therefore the future of geothermal power depends on technology, energy prices, and many other factors.