To help India’s growing strides towards achieving the trifecta of energy security, economic growth, and environmental preservation, a Subsurface Mechanics and Geo-Energy Laboratory is established at IIT Madras. The laboratory aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the physical, and chemical interactions between pore-fluids, rock deformation, overburden pressure, and injected fluids. Through this knowledge, subsurface systems will be engineered to efficiently extract geo-energy while mitigating adverse environmental effects.
The laboratory envisions the creation of fundamental scientific knowledge, and technological solutions in geo-energy to sustainably address the energy demands of a rapidly industrializing world. The laboratory’s vision is to provide global intellectual leadership in the area of subsurface mechanics, and to serve as a focal point for the interactions between leading academic universities, and private corporations.
To conduct basic and applied scientific research, and develop technologies for