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19 July 2013


National Science Foundation


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
Drill rig
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.

Sunday, 20 Oct.

Monday, 21 Oct.

Tuesday, 22 Oct.

Wednesday, 23 Oct.


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.


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: