Drilling for Geothermal and CCS Data in West Virginia
Dr. Shikha Sharma, WVU professor of Geology and IsoBioGeM lab director, is leading a team of researchers who are gathering data from an exploratory well near Morgantown. Drilling started in mid-May. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the team will collect the first geological data on whether geothermal reservoirs can be a clean energy source for parts of West Virginia and Mid-Appalachia. Carbon storage is also part of the research project.
This exploratory well is a borehole drilled 3 miles vertically to assess the geothermal heat potential in this region. The well is being used to collect critical rock samples and data on heat temperatures. 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