Prairie Research Institute Leads Campus Collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Geothermal Energy Technology

“This installation was supported through the collaborative efforts of the Illinois Geothermal Coalition, which was established on campus as a Living Laboratory workshop hosted by iSEE in 2018. The Illinois Geothermal Coalition is a collection of research, non-profit, and corporate partners dedicated to establishing Illinois as a leader in geothermal energy. Several students from the University of Illinois and other schools are members of the coalition. Student support also includes SSC funding to the UTB.  SSC allocated $132,550 to the project since it began in 2018, collaborating with iSEE and F&S. The IWRC provided an additional $14,000 in 2023.”

A drill prepping a borehole at the Energy Farm for the experimental Underground Thermal Battery.


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