Course: Geothermal Energy – from potential to implementation, 11-13 July 2018

Course website snapshot (source: Cranfield University)
Alexander Richter 7 Mar 2018

Cranfield University has announced a new course on "Geothermal Energy - From Potential to Implementation" taking place 11-13 July 2018.

Cranfield University has announced a new course on “Geothermal Energy – From Potential to Implementation” taking place 11-13 July 2018.

Renewables are seen as the future source of energy to meet the world’s growing demand, with geothermal resources offering a constant and independent supply.

There is a growing need for interdisciplinary competence to untap the vast geothermal potential worldwide, with a high level of skills’ transferability across geo-resource sectors, including oil and gas.

At a glance

  • Dates: 11 – 13 Jul 2018
  • Duration: Three days
  • Cost GBP1,950
  • Concessions available

Course structure

This three day course is presented through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and discussion of case studies. Active participation from the delegates is strongly encouraged during the whole course in order to consolidate learning. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

The course will build up the delegates’ knowledge and understanding of geothermal technologies, their current level of maturity and national and international uptake. More specifically, on completion of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of geothermal energy within the current and future energy mix.
  • Understand the different geothermal settings and associated types of resources.
  • Assess the recoverability of different types of geothermal resources.
  • Outline the fundamental design and operational aspects of projects harnessing geothermal energy.
  • Recognise geothermal project risk.
  • Apply existing frameworks for classification and reporting of geothermal resources, from potential to reserves.

Core content

  • Global and European energy statistics: the role of geothermal.
  • Fundamentals of geothermal energy.
  • Types of geothermal systems.
  • Resource characterisation and project definition.
  • Geothermal energy uses: direct use and district heating; ground source heat pump; power generation; combined heat and power.
  • Conventional and unconventional deep geothermal systems.
  • Geothermal potential of abandoned mines.
  • Hybrid energy systems.
  • Geothermal resources quantification and classification.
  • Case studies taking into account socio-economic conditions, including consideration of market prices and relevant legal, regulatory, environmental and contractual aspects.

Who should attend

  • Geoscientists wishing to complement their expertise with the engineering aspects of geothermal project implementation.
  • Oil and gas professionals transitioning towards sustainable energy operations.
  • Energy stakeholders in charge of investment and funding decisions.
  • Energy policy makers.
  • Staff from national and international energy research funding bodies.
  • Academics considering new sources of funding in the area of geothermal research.
  • Energy educators.

Accreditation: Endorsed by The Geological Society

Pending endorsement by the European Federation of Geologists


The course is presented by Professor Gioia Falcone of Cranfield University, together with relevant external contributors, all of whom have considerable academic and industrial experience.

Source: Cranfield University