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GRC Workshop on New Frontiers in EGS Technology – 13-14 Sep 2019

Program snapshot - GRC AM 2019
Carlo Cariaga Carlo Cariaga 16 Aug 2019

Registration is now open for the 'New Frontiers in EGS Technology' Workshop which will take place on September 13 and 14 as part of the GRC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California

Dates: September 13 and 14, 2019 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Room: Smoketree AB
Cost: $650 (Member), $750 (Non-Member), $225 (Student)

Download the workshop flyer here

Organized by:

  • Sabodh K. Garg, Ph.D., Vice-President and Principal Reservoir Engineer, Geologica Geothermal Group, Inc.
  • Azadeh Riahi, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Itasca Consulting Group
  • William M. Rickard, PE, President and Principal Engineer, Geothermal Resource Group, Inc.
  • Will Pettitt, Ph.D., Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council

High-temperature geothermal resources are the manifestations of cooling magmatic intrusions, which are vertically zoned. Beneath the low-permeability cap and the hydrothermal circulation volume, there exists a zone of limited permeability where meteoric fluid does not circulate freely, and thus engineering intervention is required to enhance permeability and fluid circulation.

It is estimated that roughly 90% of the geothermal power resource reside in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). While realization of EGS development on the 100+ GWe scale would make EGS a significant component of the renewable energy portfolio, numerous technological challenges remain in accessing and characterizing, creating, monitoring, operating, and sustaining engineered reservoirs.

Development of cost-effective EGS technology is critical to the long-term viability of the world-wide geothermal industry. This workshop is the third in a series of EGS-focused workshops sponsored by the GRC (previously held in 2012 and 2016), focusing on the latest research findings and practical experiences in geothermal reservoirs. The workshop instructors are experts from geothermal and petroleum industry, academic institutions, and U.S. national laboratories.

In addition to formal presentations, ample time will be allowed for questions/discussion between participants and workshop presenters.

Source: Geothermal Resources Council