SedHeat: Unlocking the Energy Elephant

A workshop fostering the basic science and engineering of geothermal energy in high-temperature sedimentary basins.

March 1st to 4th, 2017

Marriott University Park Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Conveners: John Holbrook, John McLennan, and Will Pettitt

Organizing Committee: Rick Allis, Chad Augustine, Doug Blankenship, Karin Block, Branko Damjanac, Herbert Einstein, Derek Elsworth, Charles Fairhurst, Ahmad Ghassemi, Sid Green, Joe Moore, Tim Reinhardt, Azadeh Riahi, Peter Smeallie


The goal and structure of the SedHeat community is to serve, foster and coordinate sustained efforts toward advancing sedimentary-geothermal energy towards a significant breakthrough and development to its full potential.

The workshop, “Unlocking the Energy Elephant”, aims to foster the basic science and engineering of geothermal energy in high-temperature sedimentary basins, unifying themes of the SedHeat project and topics discussed at past meetings. It will gather experts in geothermal and related subsurface fields to identify challenges and issues associated with economically viable production of heat from sedimentary basins.

We will exchange ideas and knowledge regarding scientific achievement and technology advancement in related areas such as shale completion and stimulation, coproduction and enhanced geothermal systems. General topics for discussion include:

  • Geology of Sedimentary Basins;
  • Reservoir Characterization and Engineering;
  • Drilling and Completion;
  • Coproduction with Oil & Gas;
  • Induced Seismicity and Environmental Impacts;
  • Regulatory Frameworks and Economic Assessments.

The goal of the workshop is to encourage participation from the attendees, so as to facilitate fruitful debate and brainstorm opinions and ideas.

  1. Keynote presentations will provide overview of our knowledge, successes and challenges;
  2. Posters will be on display throughout the workshop duration for open presentation by attendees;
  3. Panel and breakout sessions will gather experts for focused debate;
  4. Recordings and note taking will be synthesized into a workshop report and contribute to the SedHeat project.

Other workshop activities include:

  • Opening Reception, Wednesday March 1, 2017, 7-9pm;
  • Breakfast, Thursday and Friday, 7-8am;
  • Banquet Dinner, Thursday March 2, 7-10pm
  • Fieldtrip, Saturday March 4

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