A three kilometre geothermal research well in the Perth Basin is breaking new ground in establishing a deep earth observatory to help scientists better understand how to harness ‘deep heat’ as a renewable energy option.

UWA is a research partner in the project, being led by CSIRO.

This observatory will be part of a $20 million facility that will demonstrate the use of geothermal energy from hot sedimentary aquifers to heat and cool the Australian Resources Research Centre using adsorption chillers – with the intention to expand the concept into the broader Perth metropolitan area.

“The geothermal well will contain sensors for monitoring and testing and will collect a range of seismic and geochemical data, furthering our understanding of aquifer systems and reservoirs,”
says Winthrop Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb.