Our Mission

Connecting academia, industry and government with pragmatic, innovative geothermal energy research for Western Canada and the public-at-large.


The University of Alberta has been one of Canada’s leading authorities on geothermal energy research for more than three decades.

Currently, we are the only university in Canada with a research group focused exclusively on geothermal energy sciences.  Our research group consists of experts in many fields related to geothermal energy exploration; development and operations, including hydrogeologists; reservoir geologists geophysicists; engineers; economists and social scientists.  

Our research is focused both on incremental innovations that will allow the immediate exploitation of easily accessible geothermal resources in Western Canada and the development of transformative/disruptive technologies designed to make geothermics a globally dominant form of renewable energy for the 21st Century.  We work closely with industry partners, all levels of government and a myriad of funding organizations to achieve an informed, unified approach towards bringing geothermal energy to Canada.

Michael Nicol-Seto and Vivian Giang

Knowing each other’s energy

Future Energy Systems graduate students Michael Nicol-Seto and Vivian Giang in the Dynamic Thermal Energy Conversion Laboratory.

Scientists partner with Razor Energy for geothermal pilot project in Swan Hills, Alberta

Plans underway for hybrid geothermal power facility with Razor Energy.

Shaping the Future of Energy at Berlin Science Week

By: Kenneth Tam This week leading thinkers from the world's top scientific institutions are gathering in Berlin for a series of special events that promote interdisciplinary research and inspire a deeper understanding of our world: Berlin Science Week. Covering...

A geothermal transect in the western US

By: Theron Finley Time is flying and another leg of my journey is now complete. I think the past 4 weeks in the central-western US have been the busiest so far, packed full of meetings, conferences, tours, and field trips. My brain is feeling pretty saturated, and...

Around the world in 120 days: One student’s quest to bring renewable energy technology back home

Around the world in 120 days: One student’s quest to bring renewable energy technology back home U of A master’s student travels the world to learn more about how to bring geothermal technology to Canada. By Katie Willis A University of Alberta master’s student is...

Theron Finley “Iceland: a geothermal hot spot” – Oct 20

Iceland: a geothermal hot spot By: Theron Finley When you think of geothermal energy, Iceland immediately comes to mind. Situated on a segment of mid-ocean ridge fortuitously intersected by a mantle plume, the heat flow is very high, and geothermal resources are...

Theron Finley Travels “Staying warm in Alaska” – Sept 21

Staying warm in Alaska By: Theron Finley The first leg of my fellowship travels is now complete, and I write this en route to Iceland, with the gorgeous Brooks Range, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago passing underneath. My visit to Alaska was jam-packed and I am...

Theron Finley – Geothermal Master’s Student “A Summer Spent in the Trenches”

A Summer Spent in the Trenches By: Theron Finley It has been a busy, busy summer! Since early May, I think I have spent a grand total of 4 weeks at home in Edmonton, and for the rest I've been occupied with TA'ing field school, attending a conference, visiting family,...

Alberta town hopes to pull new kind of energy from old gas well

There are no commercial geothermal plants currently operating in Alberta, but new research is exploring that possibility. (Canadian Press)

An Alberta town is planning to pull a different kind of energy from the abandoned oil and gas wells that ring its outskirts.


Why the future of global energy is local

Larry Kostiuk knows the future of energy is complicated.

He grew up in the Canadian Arctic and trained as a combustion engineer in Alberta, at Cambridge in the U.K. and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California. He then worked for NASA in Ohio and on other projects in the Himalayas, rural China and France. Living around the world taught him that, depending on a society’s geography, culture and history, energy expectations and solutions can vary dramatically.

Check out Our Team

Discover the minds behind U of A’s Geothermal Department. You can also send us a message regarding interest in joining our team. We’d love to hear from you!


Want to know what we are up to? Check out our research page for more information on our current projects.

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Earth Sciences Building 2-08

Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3

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