Final Report - Earth Source Heat: A Cascaded Systems Approach to DDU of Geothermal Energy on the Cornell Campus

Abstract

The purpose of this document is to describe the contents contained within Geothermal Data Repository (GDR) node of the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) that serves as the final report for the project "Earth Source Heat: A Cascaded Systems Approach to DDU of Geothermal Energy on the Cornell Campus".

Abstract: Cornell completed a comprehensive evaluation of the potential for Earth Source Heat (ESH), Cornell's specific application of Deep Direct Use (DDU) geothermal energy, to create viable heat energy for its Ithaca, NY campus district heating system. The study included assessment of the natural rock properties within and surrounding two potential reservoirs, coupled to the assessment of the thermal energy needs for a district heating system capable of supplying 20% of Cornell's building heating load. The feasibility and benefits of such a district heating system at the specific location of Cornell University's Ithaca, NY campus are evaluated from the perspectives of economic cost, environmental benefits, and economic benefits in the region external to Cornell University. The economic cost is expressed as the Levelized Cost of Heat, and comparison to the existing inexpensive fossil fuel system.

The submission includes descriptions of the assumptions, analyses, data, and models that were combined to reach conclusions regarding the feasibility of a Cornell Campus project.

A shortened, descriptive title for the project is "Direct District Heating for the Cornell Campus Utilizing Deep Geothermal Energy."

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DOE Project Name: EARTH SOURCE HEAT: A CASCADED SYSTEMS APPROACH TO DDU OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY ON THE CORNELL CAMPUS
DOE Project Number: EE0008103
DOE Project Lead: Arlene Anderson
Last Updated: a month ago
Oct
2019
Data from October, 2019
Submitted May 26, 2020

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Authors

Jefferson Tester
Cornell University
Steve Beyers
Cornell University
Teresa Jordan
Cornell University
J. Olaf Gustafson
Cornell University
Jared Smith
Cornell University
Koenraad Beckers
Heateon

Keywords

geothermal, energy, Cornell University, district heating, direct-use heating, Appalachian Basin, New York state, low-temperature geothermal, reservoir simulation, techno-economic analysis, uncertainty analysis, externality values, environmental value, economic value, direct use, DDU, levelized cost of heat, LCOH, economic, EA, heat pump, ghp, temperature, earth source heat, subsurface data

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