Drilling for Geothermal Data in West Virginia
Dr. Nagasree Garapati is leading a team of WVU researchers who will gather data in 2022 from an exploratory borehole well near Morgantown. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the team will provide the first geological data on whether geothermal reservoirs can be a clean energy source for parts of West Virginia and Mid-Appalachia.
This exploratory well will be a simple borehole drilled 3 miles vertically to assess the geothermal heat potential in this region. The well will be used to collect data on heat temperatures and critical rock samples. It will not be a production well, meaning no energy or heat will come out of the well, only scientific data and rocks. No fracking is involved.Learn More : Exploring Geothermal Energy for West Virginia