A unique Geothermal Engineering MSc, designed to meet the growing demand for specialists capable of ensuring this abundant renewable energy source is turned into a constant and independent supply, will start at Cranfield University in October 2017.
The MSc equips students with the ability to successfully implement geothermal energy projects, helping lower the dependency on energy imports, therefore developing a broader base in the future energy mix.
The course is led by Professor Gioia Falcone, Cranfield’s Head of Centre for Oil and Gas Engineering, and an expert in geothermal technology. It will cover renewable energy technology fundamentals, heat transfer, management for technology, and power generation systems.
Prof Falcone said: “Despite being seen as a key energy source of the future, today less than 10% of its estimated global potential is being harnessed, with only a handful of countries exploring and utilising. Almost 90 countries have geothermal energy yet only 24 of them produce electricity from geothermal sources. This unique course will give students the cutting-edge in this hugely abundant and exciting market.”
At 4,000miles deep, the Earth’s inner core reaches temperatures of 5,500°C, the source of the energy. After thorough exploration and analysis, drilling occurs to tap the thermal energy so that it can be used directly (such as underfloor heating) or converted to electricity. There are energy and resource costs associated with geothermal energy, however the benefits are believed to outweigh the costs.
Accreditation for the MSc is being sought from the Energy Institute, together with endorsement by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG).
Applications are now being accepted. Click for more information and to apply for the Geothermal Engineering MSc.