At the core of new energy

(Edmonton) Martyn Unsworth, a professor in the departments of Earth and atmospheric sciences and physics at the University of Alberta, specializes in geothermal energy, looking for ways to tap natural heat released from the Earth's core.

In the sixth segment of our Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative video series, we profile Unsworth, a co-leader of the initiative's geothermal energy theme, who provides an overview of his research. The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative is a major international partnership aimed at finding solutions to challenges in oilsands and coal production that face society, science and industry.

There are now six active research themes that encompass the initiative: bitumen and lignite upgrading, carbon capture, carbon storage, geothermal energy, sustainable oilsands water management, and mine site reclamation and landscape development.

Video profiles of the 12 co-leaders appear roughly once every month on the Helmholtz site, at www.helmholtzalberta.ca.