Day 2 – In Search of Iceland Underground: Blind Hydrothermal

Iceland is known globally as a geothermal paradise – a geographically unique place where geological conditions are perfect to allow cheap and widespread production of geothermal energy. These conditions include rocks with a lot of pore space inside them, permeability as geologists called it – and water inside the pores – all relatively close to the surface, and in a region (typically volcanic or near tectonic plates) where there is a lot of heat very close to the surface. These characteristics taken together create what we call hydrothermal resources. We know where most hydrothermal resources that are close to the surface, like Iceland, are located globally. But there are situations where hydrothermal resources exist entirely underground with no surface evidence they are down there. No steam rising, no hot springs – These so called ‘blind hydrothermal’ systems may exist in many places in the world, much more commonly than is currently understood, which presents the potential to develop hydrothermal geothermal energy in many more locations. What tools and data sets can we use to predict where in the world blind hydrothermal exists? What are the methodologies used to develop blind hydrothermal projects? And how large could this resource be globally? Let’s explore.

This panel features:
– Nick Cameron, Senior Solutions Delivery Manager at bp
– Robert H. Gales, Chief Geoscientist of Formation and Reservoir Solutions at Halliburton
– Ghazal Izadi, Global Technical Advisor of Unconventional Reservoirs & Geothermal at Baker Hughes
– Kirsten Marcia, CEO of DEEP Earth Energy Production
– Carl Hoiland, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Zanskar Geothermal & Minerals

What do you think?

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