ThinkGeoenergy Originally Posted: January 22, 2018 Earlier this month, Southern Methodist University (SMU) hosted its 9th annual international “Power Plays” conference from January 10th-11th in Dallas, Texas. The conference was centered on recent advances in the oil and gas industry and how these promote further production of geothermal energy through the capture of waste heat and fluid, among other methods. It was planned and executed on behalf of SMU’s renowned Geothermal Lab, headed by Dr. Maria Richards. The conference opened with an evening reception and poster session on Wednesday, January 10th from 6-8pm. Posters focused on a myriad of topics from water-hammer drilling techniques, to new geothermal resource exploration in Indonesia, to supercritical extraction of lithium from geothermal waters. Thursday, January 11th, was filled with nearly [...]
The SMU Geothermal Laboratory will host their 9th international energy conference and workshop, Power Plays: Drilling Into Geothermal Applications, Jan. 10-11
Event Date: January 10-11, 2018 Location: SMU Dallas Campus The conference will advance the understanding of geothermal resources in conjunction with waste-heat and direct-use applications, providing attendees with strategies for developing clean energy. Go here for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Programs/GeothermalLab/Conference
Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: May 26,2017 The state of West Virginia has been home to coal-driven energy for nearly two centuries. Now, there could be another energy source directly under the Mountain State’s surface discovered by researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The researchers, examining previously overlooked oil and gas data, located several hot patches of earth, some as hot as 392 degrees Fahrenheit. These hot patches are situated roughly three miles under the state’s surface. In fact, scientists believe West Virginia could be sitting on the largest geothermal hot spot in the United States. GEOTHERMAL PATCHES WERE IN OVERLOOKED OIL AND GAS DATA SMU’s Geothermal Lab Coordinator Maria Richards told the Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg, West Virginia that the hot patches were discovered [...]
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
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or 214-768-1975 for more information or to discuss your topic. Submit your abstract by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts are due by Friday [...]
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.