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SMU conference aims to spur development of geothermal production in oil and gas fields
Date:2/19/2013

nology drops to below 10 cents per kilowatt-hour with the use of existing oil and gas well sites.

"The next steps are to prove the reservoir fluid flow rates and longevity," Blackwell said. "The current Texas Legislature session includes geothermal energy related bills, as the legislators now understand that geothermal energy development will be realized in the state."

Register for the conference and pre-conference workshop at http://smu.edu/geothermal/Oil&Gas/registration/default2013.asp.

Separate registration is available at the same site for Wellinghoff's keynote luncheon for those unable to attend the entire conference. All conference attendees will hear a single track of presentations, with 30-minute breaks designed for networking and team building.

SMU's Geothermal Laboratory is a national resource for the development of clean, green energy from the Earth's heat.

Historically, geothermal development was restricted to areas with substantial tectonic activity or volcanism, such as The Geysers field in California. But sophisticated mapping of geothermal resources in recent years directed by Blackwell and Maria Richards, coordinator of SMU's Geothermal Laboratory, makes it clear that vast geothermal resources reachable through current technology could replace the levels of energy now produced in the United States, mostly by coal-fired power plants.

Recent technological developments are feeding increased geothermal development in areas with little or no tectonic activity or volcanism:

  • Low Temperature Hydrothermal Energy is produced from subsurface areas with naturally occurring high fluid volumes at temperatures ranging from less than boiling to 300F (150C).

  • Geopressure and Coproduced Fluids Geothermal Oil and/or natural gas are produced together with electricity generated from hot g
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Contact: Kim Cobb
cobbk@smu.edu
214-768-7654
Southern Methodist University
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