The mission of the Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO) is to leverage the legacy of oil and gas research and development at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and in the State of Texas at large to enable drilling for geothermal energy anywhere in the world. By building upon existing high temperature and pressure oil and gas technologies and methodologies, GEO aims to enable economically viable drilling at temperatures of 350C and at depths of 30,000 feet, making ubiquitous, CO2 free, baseload geothermal energy a reality within a decade.
GEO's Baseload Geothermal Drilling Concept
GEO was formed with the support of the United States Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office to build a geothermal innovation ecosystem at UT Austin. GEO is a demand pull innovation exercise aimed at commercializing extreme temperature drilling technologies and other geothermal relevant innovations from UT Austin's world leading Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, and more than twenty Energy Research Centers.
UT Austin's Drilling Simulation Lab
GEO utilizes startups as the vehicle for commercialization of new geothermal technologies, leveraging the robust entrepreneurship ecosystems of UT and greater Austin. Because technology developments emerging from research institutions are typically not sufficiently advanced in Technology Readiness Level for field testing, startup creation is an essential step in avoiding the technology "valley of death" that often stands in the way of commercial viability. Put simply, startups will help us press fast forward in building the future of geothermal energy.
The Austin Technology Incubator