• At the Core 5th Edition (April 2021)

    At the Core 5th Edition (April 2021)

    Keep up to date on what is going on at Utah FORGE. Read about it in the quarterly newsletter. SUBSCRIBE and receive updates and special announcements. Open and download a pdf version at-the-core-april-2021 Read More »
  • Did you know… geothermal wells can be highly deviated too?

    Did you know… geothermal wells can be highly deviated too?

    Did you know... geothermal wells can be highly deviated too? Just as in the oil industry, the first geothermal wells were all vertical, which remains common practice mainly because it is cost-effective. The maximum depth is typically about 10,000 feet (3 km). Deviated geothermal wells have been drilled too, extending laterally over horizontal distances up… Read More »
  • Did you know… that the first wells were drilled over 2000 years ago?

    Did you know… that the first wells were drilled over 2000 years ago?

    Did you know that the first wells were drilled over 2000 years ago? Drilling is an ancient technology and it has long been used to explore for natural resources and to produce fluids such as water, brine, oil and gas that occur underground. The Chinese drilled shallow wells over 2000 years ago to produce brine.… Read More »
  • At the Core 4th Edition (January 2021)

    At the Core 4th Edition (January 2021)

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  • Utah FORGE and UofU’s Department of Communication partner up

    Utah FORGE and UofU’s Department of Communication partner up

    In yet another example of inter-departmental collaboration, Utah FORGE, a geothermal energy research project, is delighted to be working closely with Dr. Sara K. Yeo in the University’s Department of Communication, within the College of Humanities. The research being conducted by Utah FORGE near the town of Milford is focused on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS)… Read More »
  • Utah FORGE and the College of Education develop a new partnership

    Utah FORGE and the College of Education develop a new partnership

    Inter-departmental cooperation has always been a hallmark of success for the University of Utah. The latest example of this cooperation is found in two seemingly disparate groups: Utah FORGE, a geothermal energy research project, and the College of Education. Harnessing the potential of geothermal energy could provide a great boost to the nation’s energy portfolio.… Read More »
  • At the Core 3rd Edition (October 2020)

    At the Core 3rd Edition (October 2020)

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  • Did you know… that Reykjavík is a city of geothermal energy?

    Did you know… that Reykjavík is a city of geothermal energy?

    Did you know… that Reykjavík is a city of geothermal energy? Did you know that the city of Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, is widely recognized for its geothermal energy? Many first think of the word ‘ice’ when hearing Iceland, but surprisingly Iceland is also known for its use of Earth’s heat. Due to its… Read More »
  • FORGEing Ahead with Geothermal Energy Podcast Episode 1

    FORGEing Ahead with Geothermal Energy Podcast Episode 1

    In this first episode our host, Chris Katis discusses what geothermal energy is and how it is used today with our co-host Dr. Stuart Simmons, a geoscientist on the Utah FORGE team.   For future episodes check back our Videos and Podcasts page     Read More »
  • Geothermal Resources Lecture #1

    Geothermal Resources Lecture #1

    Conventional vs Unconventional … Dr. Stuart Simmons introduces us to renewable energy in the 21st century – this month learn about conventional geothermal resources and the basic concepts of heat transfer, enthalpy and power as well as where and how geothermal energy is utilized.   This is the first lecture of the geoscientific series of… Read More »
  • Did you know…that some species incubate their eggs using geothermal heat?

    Did you know…that some species incubate their eggs using geothermal heat?

    Did you know that some species incubate their eggs using geothermal heat? Megapodes represent a family of birds that are also known as incubator birds. They are found across Australasia, and they are known for their unique strategies to keep their eggs warm and safe. Depending on the local environment, incubating strategies range from building… Read More »
  • Did you know… that there are animals that use natural thermal heat in the form of hot springs and warm ground?

    Did you know… that there are animals that use natural thermal heat in the form of hot springs and warm ground?

    Geothermal energy has great benefits for people, but did you know that there are animals that use natural thermal heat in the form of hot springs and warm ground? Macaques, better known as snow monkeys, are found throughout the main Japanese Island of Honshu, and they are famous for soaking in local volcanic hot springs.… Read More »
  • At the Core 2nd Edition (July 2020)

    At the Core 2nd Edition (July 2020)

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  • Did you know… that the direct use of geothermal energy can be used to raise alligators? 

    Did you know… that the direct use of geothermal energy can be used to raise alligators? 

    Did you know that the direct use of geothermal energy can be used to raise alligators? The direct use of geothermal energy can apply to almost any activity that requires heating (and cooling) for industrial, residential and agricultural purposes. The heat is transferred by hot ground water in the temperature range of 20-120°C (70-250°F) which… Read More »
  • Did you know… how geothermal energy is utilized?

    Did you know… how geothermal energy is utilized?

    Did you know how geothermal energy is utilized? The three most common applications are heat pumps, direct use, and electricity generation. Geothermal heat pumps extract heat from the shallow subsurface for heating in the winter and reject the heat back into the ground in the summer for cooling. Heat pump systems are the fastest growing… Read More »
  • At the Core 1st Edition (April 2020)

    At the Core 1st Edition (April 2020)

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  • Did you know… that Utah is No. 3 in the US for it geothermal energy production?

    Did you know… that Utah is No. 3 in the US for it geothermal energy production?

    Did you know that Utah is No.3* in the United States for its production of geothermal energy? The State of Utah is responsible for 2.8 % of the national geothermal power production. The United States leads the world in the amount of electricity generated with geothermal energy, producing about 16.7 billion kilowatthours (kWh), equal to… Read More »
  • 2019 in Review

    2019 in Review

    The Utah FORGE project made a number of important advances in 2019 in preparation for the start of deep drilling in 2020. Instrumentation for seismic monitoring was enhanced with the drilling of two new vertical holes, 68-32 (1000’ deep) and 78-32 (3200’ depth), which house permanently installed downhole geophones (68-32) and a distributed acoustic sensing… Read More »
  • Chem. Eng Students Win AIChE

    Chem. Eng Students Win AIChE

    READ ABOUT IT Two teams of undergraduate students from the University of Utah’s Department of Chemical Engineering dominated the first ever AIChE K–12 STEM Outreach Competition. The teams, advised by associate professor (lecturer) Tony Butterfield, took first and second place with teaching modules on how thermoelectric energy works and how to build working air quality… Read More »
  • At the Governor’s Energy Summit

    At the Governor’s Energy Summit

    Among the many speakers and participants at this year's Summit were leaders and proponents of renewable energy sources.  This was the Eight's Annual Governor's Energy Summit and second  for the UtahFORGE team to represent the project which was among the few mentioned in the speeches by the Utah Governor's Energy Advisor Laura Nelson, Utah's Governor… Read More »