Energy Institute Research

Our research focuses on domestic energy sources that includes transportation fuels, shale gas, geothermal and wind energy. The Energy Institutes operates a large shale core storage facility that is open for student, faculty and industry research. We also work closely with the Institute for Environmental Studies for wind studies in Texas. In addition, we have cooperative research agreements with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) for energy impacted renovation studies.

Selected Examples of Current Research:

  • Breyer, J.A., Alsleben, H., and Enderlin, M.B., Predicting Fracability In Shale Reservoirs, in AAPG/SPE/SEG/SPWLA Hedberg Research Conference “Critical Assessment of Shale Resource Plays”
  • Swofford, J. and Slattery, M.C. “Public attitudes of wind energy in Texas: local communities in close proximity to wind farms and their effect on decision making”, Energy Policy, 38, 2508-2519.
  • Holbrook, John, NSF SEES Workshop, Tracking an Energy Elephant, PI among three co-PI’s organizing research priorities for the New NSF SEES (Science, Engineering, and Education for sustainability), Emphasis Geothermal Energy form Sedimentary Basins
  • Morgan, Tamie, GIS tracking of Disposal Wells & GIS Siting of New Natural Gas Refueling Stations.
  • Breyer, J.A., Alsleben, H., and Enderlin, M.B., Best of Hedberg: Predicting Fracability In Shale Reservoirs
  • Morgan, Ken, “Researching Alternative Fuels for Transportation Needs in the U.S.”
  • Holbrook, John, 2011, NSF SEES Workshop, Natural and Engineered Carbon Sequestration, One of four co-PI’s organizing research priorities for the New NSF SEES Program, Emphasis CO2 Sequestration.

Lastly, TCU was recently selected to be the Center for a global Research Coordination Network (RCN) focused on geothermal energy from sedimentary rock basins. There are lots of exciting energy research opportunities through our Energy Institute. Our focus is on “researching domestic energy solutions” for America.