Geothermal experts brief US Congress on geothermal potential

Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 30 Mar 2012

Under the honorary host, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a geothermal briefing featured, Karl Gawell of GEA, David Blackwell of SMU and James Fauld of the University of Nevada-Reno. It highlighted the role geothermal energy could play and the vast potential of it in the U.S.

In a Congressional Briefing this week, geothermal experts provided an overview on the opportunities for geothermal power generation in the United States.

The briefing was hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a long time supporter of geothermal energy in the U.S. The briefing featured Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association, David Blackwell, Professor of Geophysics at SMU and a foremost expert in geothermal mapping, as well as James Faulds, professor at the University of Nevada-Reno and director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

The briefing outlined the variety of techniques available for geothermal power production, accessibility of unconventional geothermal resources across the U.S. and the opportunities of a technology cross-over from the oil and gas industry.

The session has been on of a series of congressional briefings on “the science and technology to achieve the nation’s energy goals, titled collectively, “The Road to the New Energy Economy”.” It was organized by the National Science Foundation, Discover Magazine, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

David Blackwell of SMU highlighted the research done by SMU on mapping the geothermal resources of the U.S.

Source: PhysOrg