19 July 2013
Penrose Conference Announcement
Predicting and Detecting Natural and Induced Flow Paths for Geothermal Fluids in Deep Sedimentary Basins
19–23 October 2013 • Park City, Utah, USA
- John Holbrook
- Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, USA,
- Rick Allis
- Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6100, USA
- Derek Elsworth
- Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-5000, USA
- Sidney Green
- Schlumberger-TerraTek, Salt Lake City, Utah 85416, USA
- Joseph N. Moore
- Energy & Geoscience Institute, University of Utah, Utah 84108, USA
|Northern Black Rock Desert, Utah, USA, a basin where temperatures of less than 200 °C were found in Paleozoic carbonates at 3 km depth during oil exploration drilling in 1981.|
Deep, high heat-flow sedimentary basins potentially have geologic formations with sufficient natural permeability to provide reservoirs suitable for geothermal power generation. New technologies of permeability enhancement that have transformed the oil and gas exploration industry in recent years also have the potential to transform the geothermal power industry. The goal of this proposed Penrose Conference is to gather together experts in both the Earth and engineering sciences, and from academia, government, and industry, to focus on particular basic science challenges for developing deep, hot stratigraphic reservoirs for geothermal power. Namely, what controls long fluid pathways in sedimentary basins and how can these be predicted and/or enhanced?
Saturday, 19 Oct.
- 8 a.m.–2 p.m.: Optional: “Basics of Geothermal Energy” short-course;
- 3–5 p.m.: Hot stratigraphic reservoirs: geological and engineering constraints and challenges; and
- 7–9 p.m.: Ice-breaker.
Sunday, 20 Oct.
- Role of basin architecture and tectonic evolution on influencing fluid flow characteristics in deep stratigraphic reservoirs;
- Role of in-situ permeability and hydraulically induced fractures in controlling fluid flow into wells—evidence from core scale to hydraulically induced fractures;
- Oil industry experience with water flooding and enhanced oil recovery—how is a water flood different or similar to the effective heat sweep sought in a geothermal reservoir and what are the new challenges?;
- Diagenesis and its controls on natural reservoir permeability.
Monday, 21 Oct.
- The role of fluid/rock interactions in modifying natural reservoir permeability between injection and production wells on a decadal timescale;
- How uniform are stratigraphic reservoirs? Applications of modern seismic reflection technologies to mapping high permeability pathways and over pressured regions in deep basins;
- Half-day field trip looking at reservoirs exposed in outcrop and core (UGS core lab) and the Schlumberger-TerraTek rock mechanics facility.
Tuesday, 22 Oct.
- Simulating fluid flow and heat sweep efficiency between injection and production wells in a hydraulic fracture-stimulated, stratigraphic reservoir;
- Does induced seismicity limit development to remote locations?;
- Is groundwater quality perceived to be threatened? A discussion about public perception issues of geothermal development of deep stratigraphic reservoirs;
- Can petroleum systems modeling help with identifying geothermal reservoirs in hot basins?;
- Consensus, challenges, and next steps.
Wednesday, 23 Oct.
- Optional: All-day field trip to geothermal power plants, recent volcanism, and hot basins in central Utah—returning to the Newpark Hotel at 6 p.m.
The registration fee is estimated at US$300–$500, and covers meals from 19 Oct. (afternoon) through 23 Oct. (morning). Lunch is included for participants of the geothermal short course and the full-day field trip, and costs of the short course and field trips are also included. Not covered is travel to and from Park City and accommodation costs at the Newpark Hotel. Hotel rooms have been reserved at US$105 for a deluxe room and US$139 for a suite. Information on making a hotel reservation and room sharing will be sent out with the acceptance notices. Please DO NOT reserve a room until your participation is confirmed by the conveners. There is a shuttle service available from Salt Lake City airport to the hotel (cost not included in registration; check the website and related links for more information; reservations recommended).
The conference will be limited to 80 participants, and participants must commit to attending all technical sessions (3 p.m. Sat. to 4:30 p.m. Tues.). Participants are also encouraged to attend the geothermal short course earlier on Saturday and the all-day field trip on Wednesday. Interested graduate students are encouraged to apply, and some financial assistance is available.
APPLICATIONS AND REGISTRATION
Application deadline: 19 July
Registration deadline: 23 August
To Apply: Please contact the conveners through with a letter that includes a brief statement of interests, the relevance of the applicant’s recent work to the themes of the conference, the subject of a proposed presentation, and contact information. Also include whether you will be attending the geothermal short course and/or the full-day field trip. Once you have been selected to participate, you will be sent registration information. Please check the conference website for any updates: www.sedheat.org.