The work is part of a two year £136,000 partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University and the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
It is thought the plans will involve harvesting the water leaking into the subway at strategic locations where the underground route goes under the River Clyde and Kelvin River, The water will then be fed into heat pumps which will be used to heat the stations.
The subway system has been battling against water soaking through into the underground system for decades spending thousands of pounds in maintenance costs and disruption to passengers.
SPT have also installed solar panels and voltage regulation systems at Buchanan Bus Station, ground-source heat pump at their subway depot in Govan and LED lighting across all of their facilities.
Dr Nicholas Hytiris, a geotechnical specialist in the university's school of engineering and built environment, said: "SPT has expertise in the current methods and systems used to maintain and manage the water in and around its subway tunnels. We will support the company in developing specific knowledge in the analysis of ground conditions within the subway system, how to take a geological surveys and measurements and the interpretation of these results for locating heat pumps."
Professor Mike Mannion, GCU Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), said the project was an "excellent example of the way our academics apply their knowledge and understanding to solving practical problems".
Source:Herald Scotland, Helen McArdle