Earth Source Heat
Earth Source Heat: Creating carbon neutral, deep geothermal heating systems
Earth Source Heat (ESH) is Cornell's version of a deep geothermal system that would use the Earth's internal heat to warm the Ithaca campus without the use of fossil fuels. The project is a research collaboration across several academic departments along with campus facilities staff, and it is a major component of the university's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. If viable, ESH could also become a scalable solution for renewable heating in New York and in cold-climate regions across the globe.
Cornell University Borehole Observatory (CUBO) Project Updates
Cornell scientists are committed to studying and addressing these issues in a thorough and transparent manner, developing best practices that will minimize risk and provide guidance for others who might implement this technology.
The next phase in this exciting project is to drill an exploratory borehole, called the Cornell University Borehole Observatory (CUBO), which will allow scientists to further explore deep surface rock conditions and heat output.
CUBO Activity Tracking
Find additional updates on Cornell's Deep Geothermal Heat Research website.
Updated on 8/9/2022
8982 ftCurrent drill depth
90%Percentage of expected total depth
Galway formationCurrent rock layer
Water Monitoring System Status
Monitoring proceeding as planned, results within expected range
Seismic Monitoring Network Operational Status
Proceeding as planned
No water quality impact detected
Seismic Activity Level
Consistent with typically occuring activity in the area