Could Texas’ dirty coal power plants be replaced by geothermal systems?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 26, 2016 For Texas electricity customers, geothermal energy is pretty much an afterthought. But some scientists — and even some people in the oil and gas business — say that heat from deep underground may become a significant source of power. At least, that’s the message at a conference held today at Southern Methodist University, hosted by the school’s geothermal laboratory. The event pulled together an unusual mix: Academics, oil company bosses, people hawking heat-transfer equipment, geothermal experts and a few environmentalists. READ MORE

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SMU ‘Power Plays’ conference April 25-26

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: April 22, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s renowned Geothermal Lab will host its eighth international energy conference April 25-26 on the Dallas campus, focused on using the oilfield as a base for alternative energy production through the capture of waste heat and fluids. In addition to oil and gas field geothermal projects, experts will discuss coal plant conversion for geothermal production, the intersection of geothermal energy and desalination, and large-scale direct use of the energy source produced by the internal heat of the earth. “Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields” begins with an opening reception and poster session from 5:30 – 8 pm Monday, April 25, followed by a daylong program of speakers and presentations Tuesday, April 26. [...]

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Think GeoEnergy: Interview with Maria Richards at the Geothermal Lab at SMU in Texas

Think GeoEnergy Originally Posted: March 3, 2016 Utilizing geothermal energy in oil & gas fields could expand the geothermal sector dramatically and is the key topic of the annual Power Plays conference organized by SMU in Texas. Here we talk with Maria Richards on SMU, the conference and her view on geothermal energy in oil and gas fields. Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas is one of the few universities in the United States with a dedicated geothermal laboratory and/ or program. The school has played a particularly important role in looking at ways for a technology transfer from the oil & gas sector into geothermal. This year the school will be holding its 8th international geothermal energy conference, “Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in [...]

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Geothermal energy, W.Va’s next big energy sector?

The Register Herald Originally Posted: February 28, 2016 There's thermal energy in them hills! Well, under them hills. West Virginia is sitting on the largest geothermal hot spot in the eastern United States, so scientist say. Scientists believe the Mountain State sits on several hot patches of earth, some scorching hot as 200 degrees Celsius, which is nearly 400 degrees Fahrenheit, according to sciencemag.com. The magazine reports the energy is only slightly more than 3 miles below ground. "If engineers are able to tap the heat, the state could become a producer of green energy for the region," the magazine hypothesizes. West Virginia's resources are mostly EGS type (for electricity) and not the traditional hydrothermal plants which are built in the western part of the [...]

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SMU geothermal scientist Maria Richards nominated for a 2016 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Award

Originally Posted: January 15, 2016 Congratulations to Maria Richards, SMU Geothermal Laboratory Coordinator in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. She has been nominated for a 2016 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Award in education. The goal of the C3E Awards is to advance the work and increase the visibility of emerging women leaders in the clean energy sector. Winners will receive an $8,000 prize to support their future work or the work of other women in clean energy. Winners will also receive national recognition. For more information, please visit www.C3Eawards.org.  

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Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields – Call for Abstracts

The SMU Geothermal Lab is hosting our 8th international energy conference and workshop, Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields, April 25-26, 2016 on the SMU Campus in Dallas, Texas. We are looking for speakers and poster presentations. Abstracts are due by Friday February 5, 2016. Submit your abstract by email to geothermal@smu.edu. Please include: Author name(s) Organization name(s) Presentation title Abstract, 1-2 pages Prefer Oral Presentation or Poster Session? Bio of presenter We will let you know if your presentation has been selected, and whether you have been assigned a speaker slot or poster session. Contact Maria Richards at mrichard@smu.edu or 214-768-1975 for more information or to discuss your topic. Submit your abstract by email to geothermal@smu.edu. Abstracts are due by Friday [...]

By | December 7th, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields – Call for Abstracts

Success! Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields, the 2015 Conference Summary:

The SMU Geothermal Lab recently hosted its 7th international energy conference Power Plays:Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields. Along with discussion on generating geothermal energy from oil and gas fields, topics at this year’s event included desalination, flare gas and induced seismicity. A summary of the presentations is available at http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Programs/GeothermalLab/Conference/PastPresentations. Read a summery of the event here. Read more on the event here.

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SMU conference to promote technology, economics of geothermal production in oil and gas fields

Phys.org Originally Posted: May 15, 2015 Southern Methodist University's renowned Geothermal Laboratory will host its seventh international energy conference and workshop on the SMU campus May 19-20. The conference is designed to promote transition of oil and gas fields to electricity-producing geothermal systems by harnessing waste heat and fluids from both active and abandoned fields. More than 200 professionals - ranging from members of the oil and gas service industry, reservoir engineers, to geothermal energy entrepreneurs, to lawyers - are expected to attend "Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields" Topics of discussion will include: Power generation from flare gas Power generation from waste-heat and geothermal fluids Research updates on induced seismicity, as well as onshore and offshore thermal maturation Play Fairway Analysis [...]

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Geothermal energy conference May 18-20, 2015

The SMU Geothermal Laboratory will host its seventh international energy conference and workshop on the main campus May 19-20, 2015. The conference is designed to promote transition of oil and gas fields to electricity-producing geothermal systems by harnessing waste heat and fluids from both active and abandoned fields. More than 200 professionals – ranging from members of the oil and gas service industry, to reservoir engineers, to geothermal energy entrepreneurs, to lawyers – are expected to attend “Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields.” Topics of discussion will include: Power generation from flare gas Power generation from waste-heat and geothermal fluids Research updates on induced seismicity, as well as onshore and offshore thermal maturation Play Fairway Analysis – a subsurface mapping technique used [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Geothermal energy conference May 18-20, 2015

Using Geothermal Solutions to Desalinate Oil Field Water

RenewableEnergyWorld.com Originally Posted: April 22, 2015 By: Cathy Chickering Pace, SMU Geothermal Lab Cathy Chickering PaceCathy Chickering Pace is a Project Specialist in the SMU Geothermal Laboratory in Dallas, Texas, where she primarily focuses on project management of the Lab's sponsored research from both government and private industry. Clean water — it’s a precious resource in hot demand right now, for more than taking a shower or watering our crops. The United Nations projects the world’s population will grow by another billion people, to 8.4 Billion, by 2030. More people means more need for food, water, electricity, and other necessities. Beyond the obvious demands for water, our increasing appetite for electricity also requires water — and plenty of it. Most of the electricity [...]

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