Wednesday, 7-9 PM
Opening Reception, Marriott University Park Hotel
Technical Posters available through the Workshop Schedule
Thursday AM
0800 Session 1 – What Have We Learned So Far from the SedHeat Workshops? (Derek Elsworth)
0800-0830 John Holbrook - SedHeat So Far
0830-0900 Derek Elsworth - Engineering Challenges in the Recovery of Heat from Sedimentary Reservoirs
0900-0930 Chad Augustine - Economic Challenges to the Development of Sedimentary Resources
0930-1000 Discussion 1
Break (1000-1025)
1025 Session 2 – Economic Viability of Sedimentary Geothermal Projects (Chad Augustine)
1025-1050 Will Gosnold – Challenges in Implementing a Multi-Partnership Geothermal Power Plant
1050-1115 John Fox – The Technical Successes and Financial Challenges of Micro Geothermal
1115-1140 Dario V. Guerra III – If You Build it They Will Come
1140-1205 Bruce Cutright – Revisiting Deep Hot Sedimentary Reservoirs for Commercial Energy Production
1205-1230 Discussion 2
Lunch (1230-1330) – Poster Summary Presentations – Chair Posters
Thursday PM
1330 Session 3 – Practicing SedHeat (John McLennan)
1330-1400 Maurice Dusseault – Geothermal Energy from Naturally Fractured Rock Masses
1400-1430 Ahmed Abou-Sayed – Insights on Injection Practices and Injector Performance in High Temperature Reservoirs
1430-1500 Tom Doe – The Possible Role of Porous Flow in Mitigating the Short Circuiting Effects of Fractures
1500-1530 Discussion 3
Break (1530-1600)
1600 Session 4 – Circulating Fluids: Permeability Enhancement and Production (Ahmad Ghassemi)
1600-1630 Sabodh Garg – Geopressured Geothermal Systems
1630-1700 Luis Zerpa – Effect of Reservoir Characteristics on the Performance of Sedimentary Geothermal Systems
1700-1730 Jill Haizlip – Chemical Aspects of Production from Sedimentary Systems
1730-1800 Discussion 4
Banquet Dinner, Thursday, 7-10 PM
Friday AM
0800 Session 5 – Controlling and Managing Induced Seismicity (Will Pettitt)
0800-0830 Ivan Wong - Guidelines for Addressing Induced Seismicity from Energy Development in the U.S.
0830-0900 David Eaton - Dynamics of Fault Activation by Hydraulic Fracturing of Overpressured Shales
0900-0930 Matt Hornbach - Induced seismicity in North Texas, and the Emerging Role of High Resolution Temperature/Pressure Monitoring in Areas of Induced Seismicity in Texas, Oklahoma, and Beyond.
0930-1000 Discussion 5
Break (1000-1025)
1025 Session 6 – Prospecting for Greenfield and Coproduced Geothermal Sites (Jim Faulds)
1025-1050 Jim Faulds – Geothermal Exploration for Conventional Hydrothermal Systems with Applications to Sedimentary Hosted Systems
1050-1115 Maria Richards – Geothermal Exploration for Coproduced Geothermal Sites with Applications to Sedimentary Hosted Systems
1115-1140 Rick Allis – Geothermal Exploration for Sedimentary Hosted Systems
1140-1205 Terry Jordan – Brownfield for Fossil Fuels but Greenfield for Geothermal: Lessons from the Appalachian Basin
1205-1230 Discussion 6
Lunch (1230-1325) – Poster Summary Presentations – Chair Posters
Friday PM
1325 Session 7 – How do we Reduce Barriers to Sedimentary Geothermal? (Rick Allis)
1325-1330 Rick Allis – Introduction
1330-1355 Cees Willems - Identifying Geologic Risk and Optimizing Heat Extraction from Sedimentary Aquifers - An Example from The Netherlands
1355-1420 Josh Nordquist – How Changing Markets Affect Development
1420-1445 Loy Sneary – Challenges in the Direct Heat-to-power Business
1445-1510 Karin Block - Winning Community Support for Projects
1510-1530 Rick Allis – Comments on Economics and Viability
Break (1530-1600)
1600 Session 8 – Conclusions Regarding Geothermal Energy Recovery from Sedimentary Basins (Sid Green)

Panel discussion consisting of:

  • Sid Green
  • Doug Blankenship
  • Joe Moore
  • Marcelo Camargo

10-minute opening position statements followed by 40 minutes for questions, discussion, and clarification

1720-1800 Sid Green – Closing Comments and Conclusions from the Conveners

Sedimentary Rocks as Geothermal Aquifers and Reservoir Rocks
Field Trip Leaders: Joe Moore and Rick Allis

Carbonate rocks host thermal aquifers throughout large parts of Utah and eastern Nevada. In central Utah, carbonate rocks form the reservoirs of the productive geothermal systems at Cove Fort and Thermo. The fluids discharge in the Black Rock Desert, where a deep oil exploration well, Pavant Butte-1 encountered temperatures of ~ 250°C at 3 km. The desert gets its name from the Quaternary basalts and andesite cones and flows scattered throughout the region.

The field trip will include stops at hot springs and extensive travertine deposits in the Black Rock Desert and the Cove Fort geothermal system.