TCU receives $500k grant for research on energy conversion in sedimentary basins

Campus of the Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas (source: flickr/ ensign_beedrill, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 31 Aug 2012

The U.S. National Science Foundation have granted a $500,000 grant to the Texas Christian University for research on energy from sedimentary basins and how to effectively converting energy and examining effective ways to drill to a depth between three and six kilometers.

Announced earlier this week, Prof. Dr. John Holbrook of Texas Christian University (TCU) has received a grant of up to $500,000 from the National Science Foundation, for research on effective energy conversion in geothermal systems.

Prof. Dr. John Holbrook is a professor of geology, energy and the environment at TCU at Forth Worth in Texas, U.S.

Holbrook said the grant will make TCU a hub for energy research in the United States, and that it allows for scientists researching geothermal energy to congregate in Fort Worth to overcome research hurdles in the field.

The purposes of the grant, so the announcement, was “to build research communities and focus on basic research, Holbrook said. The communities will concentrate on making geothermal energy more practical for industry.

Researchers on the committee will focus on researching energy from sedimentary basins, Holbrook said. The group is researching how to effectively convert water, naturally heated by the earth’s core, into energy.

As a result, the research community will examine effective ways to drill between three to six kilometers into the earth’s core.

Holbrook said scientists around the world have converged on TCU to join Holbrook’s research group, and that the group setting is a much more effective approach than the alternative of every scientist writing their own proposals by themselves. ”

Source: Announcement by TCU360