Geothermal Centre of Excellence


Developing multidisciplinary research to exploit and use low geothermal energy as an emission-free source of power for modern cities. From kilometres below the earth, hot fluids are rising towards the surface and bringing with it the promise of another form of renewable energy.


The Geothermal Centre of Excellence is a joint venture between:

  • The University of Western Australia

  • Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO)

  • Curtin University of Technology


With support from the West Australian Government.

What is Geothermal?

Geothermal "hot earth" power is far better than power from traditional fossil fuels in terms of cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness, but until recently it has been geographically limited to areas near tectonic plate boundaries. Advances in science have expanded the range and size of viable resources, making the possibility of geothermal power development in Australia a near-reality.


Three interlinked  programs will complement the $560 million to be spent on geothermal exploration in the Perth Basin in the next six years.


Linking below-ground research with above-ground development to make possible the exploration and utilisation of low-grade heat in a permeable sedimentary environment.

Heat beneath your feet

As we continue to use up fossil fuels, there is a real need for us to find alternatives.
Geothermal energy is a potential source that is yet to gain mainstream awareness; but that could be about to change. Watch our video to find out more.


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Thursday, 10 February, 2011 3:10 PM