DGSE Seminar Series—Monday September 11:
Engineered Geothermal Systems and the Fallon FORGE Project
Dr. Bridget Ayling
Abstract: Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) have the potential to significantly contribute to our baseload energy requirements, with over 500 GWe of resource potential estimated for the western USA alone (USGS, 2008). After the first R&D project to test the EGS concept was initiated at Fenton Hill (New Mexico) in the 1970s, there have been several projects in the USA and internationally that aimed to evaluate the viability of EGS and progress the technologies required to make EGS economic. The key technical challenges associated with EGS center on creating and maintaining appropriate reservoir heat-exchange networks, while managing any induced seismicity associated with stimulation of the reservoir.
In this talk, I will introduce the US Department of Energy’s FORGE initiative (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy) that aims to develop a site for the testing and development of EGS technologies. I will also present an overview of the progress to date at the Fallon FORGE site in Nevada, and upcoming activities planned for the project.
A message from Philipp Ruprecht (Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno, phone 775-682-6048): “The speaker list is mostly complete and below you find a preview of what is to come for this semester.”
These seminars are on Mondays at 4:00 PM in SEM 326 at UNR:
9/11/17 Bridget Ayling (UNR/NBMG/Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy)
9/25/17 Adrian Fiege (American Museum of Natural History, NYC)
10/2/17 Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University)
10/16/17 Greg Stock (National Park Service)
11/13/17 Michael Krawczynski (Washington University, St. Louis)
12/4/17 Pre-AGU student presentation