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Geothermal, Oil and Gas Experts Convene at EGS Conference

Posted Mar 22 2011 4:30pm

Experts from a variety of disciplines met to discuss Enhanced Geothermal Systems at a Hedberg Research Conference on Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). The conference was facilitated by oil and gas industry experts to discuss recent EGS advances, identify technology gaps, and discuss scenarios and strategies to help develop EGS in economically viable ways. Much of the know-how and many of the technologies required to develop EGS are well known in the oil and gas industry.

In attendance were 65 scientists, researchers and legislators from industry, academia, national labs and state and federal government. Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) EGS technology development manager, Lauren Boyd presented an overview of the Program's FY12 budget request.

John Ziagos, currently on assignment from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to GTP, and contractor Elisabet Metcalfe also attended and met with EGS scientists, researchers and other industry stakeholders. The technical program consisted of three days of presentations on current EGS research, research needs, and EGS’s role in the world’s renewable energy future, as well as daily breakout discussions and networking assemblies.

Held in Napa, California from March 14-17, the conference was a joint program of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE).

Learn more about EGS at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/geothermal/enhanced_geothermal_systems.html

- Elisabet Metcalfe

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