Energy and Resources

Geothermal energy station

Welcome to the Geothermal Resource Research Group

The Geothermal Resource Research Group is a research programme housed in the School of Earth & Environment and the School of Engineering. Research is focused on gaining insights into the characteristics of geothermal reservoirs (heat source, waters), surface expression of geothermal features, exploration of new geothermal fields / areas of production, and  geothermal power generation.

Key Contact

Darren Gravley

Associate Professor
Volcanology and Geothermal Systems
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 211
Internal Phone: 94489

Postal Address

Geothermal Research Programme
School of Earth & Environment 
University of Canterbury 
Private Bag 4800 
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Collaborative research

The School of Earth & Environment in collaboration with the School of Engineering (Civil and Natural Resource Engineering) have over the last five years been developing a research platform in geothermal systems and energy. Through the development of this programme research collaborations have taken place with:

Much of the research in the Geothermal Resource Research Group is of a collaborative nature involving staff or groups of staff working with postgraduate students, senior fellows and research associates within and outside the School of Earth & Environment and the School of Engineering. There is significant external collaboration with international colleagues, local and federal government agencies, geothermal industry, and other research institutions. This pattern of working has come about from the recognition that a multifaceted or multi-disciplinary approach provides a more powerful tool for research.

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