Impact

An unconventional, green approach to Missouri S&T’s energy challenges, the Geothermal Energy Project is one of the most comprehensive initiative of its kind in higher education.

The water savings were equivalent to almost 300 million cups of coffee saved.

The geothemal project also had a CO2 emission savings equivalent to taking 4600 cars off the road.

Since beginning operation in 2014, the Missouri S&T Geothermal Energy Project has supplied energy to 17 campus buildings and the campus chilled-water system, which serves much of the university.

Initially, the system was projected to save more than $1 million in energy and operational costs annually. That savings is expected to grow to $2.8 million annually in future years.

The system includes 789 wells with pipes creating closed geothermal loops serving the three campus geothermal plants as well as the Gale Bullman geothermal system. Those plants will be housed in Straumanis James Hall, McNutt Hall, Bertelsmeyer Hall, and Gale Bullman Rec Center. Each of the three plants contains heat pump chillers, supplemental cooling towers and gas-fired boilers to provide geothermal energy to surrounding areas of campus.