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About the Texas Geothermal Institute (TGI)

The Texas Geothermal Institute (TGI) is a newly formed consortium of institutional and industry partners, led by the Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO). TGI is an interdisciplinary, cross-state demand-pull innovation and commercialization exercise aimed at engaging top researchers and research institutions in Texas within petroleum and geoscience disciplines with the most pressing technological obstacles to widespread geothermal development. Institutional members of the consortium include the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, The University of Houston, Southern Methodist University, Rice University, and Texas Christian University, with more than a dozen oil and gas industry entities participating as partners.


Jamie C. Beard, Esq.

University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Thomas A. Blasingame

Texas A&M University


Principal Investigator

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Dr. Birol Dindoruk
University of Houston

Technical Co-Investigator

Texas Geothermal Institute (TGI)
Consortium Leadership

Ordered Alphabetically


Dr. John Holbrook
Texas Christian University

GEO Resource Characterization Team


Dr. Sergio Kapusta
Rice University

GEO Resource Characterization Team

Maria Richards
Southern Methodist University

GEO Resource Characterization Team


Jamie C. Beard, Esq.

University of Texas at Austin

Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization


Dr. Silviu Livescu

University of Texas at Austin

Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering


Dr. Ken Wisian

University of Texas at Austin

Bureau of Economic Geology

Texas Geothermal Institute
Roadmapping Team

TGI's Approach


The TGI will take GEO’s successful model of demand-pull innovation for geothermal and expand it across research institutions in Texas with deep expertise in geoscience, well and subsurface engineering. The consortium will perform a series of design and road-mapping sprints, producing a succinct technology development roadmap that highlights areas where oil and gas entities are willing to collaborate on geothermal technology development, identifying areas where funding for R&D is needed to fill technology gaps and alleviate pain points, and determining funding priorities for each identified area of need.


With expected publication in spring of 2022, the TGI roadmap will be utilized by a variety of stakeholders to guide funding interest to projects prioritized as likely to have the most impact in supporting the growth and development of geothermal energy in Texas and beyond. The TGI is supported by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

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