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Geothermal, Lithium, Hydrogen: New Energy from Subsurface Fluids Conference

Sponsored by: American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geothermal Rising

Occurred Thursday, 6 June Friday, 7 June 2024, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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For the first time, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geothermal Rising are bringing together geothermal, critical minerals and gases to explore the connections between them, either in the formation of the reservoirs or reserves, or in exploring for, evaluating, and producing them.  Specifically, the conference will bring together geothermal, lithium, geologic hydrogen, helium, iodine, and more in the form of technical presentations, probing panel discussions, poster sessions, and more.

This conference has been developed for geoscientists, engineers, professionals who want to learn about the latest developments in subsurface energy sources, including geothermal, lithium, geologic hydrogen, helium, and other critical minerals.

Thursday June 6


8:00-8:20 Welcome and Opening Plenary Address
Session 1: Exploring Geothermal Reservoirs and the Intersection of Critical Minerals, Hydrogen, and Helium
Committee Chairs: Eric Stautberg and Dale Larsen
Exploring for and developing new types of geothermal reservoirs with innovative drilling and production technologies has become a priority in order to keep up with increasing global energy demands. The same can be said for critical minerals and gases, which include lithium, rare earths, iodine, geologic hydrogen, and helium, which means that it is necessary to look at all in a new way and to consider geology, geochemistry, geophysics, as well as legacy legal and land use issues.
8:20 - 8:40 Tapping Earth’s Heat – the Global Picture
Kenneth Wisian, BEG
8:40 - 9:00 Using Isotopic Fingerprints to Verify Domestic Production of Critical Minerals
Michael McKibben, Univ of California - Riverside
9:00 - 9:20 Overview of Geologic Hydrogen
Franek Hasiuk, Sandia National Labs
9:20 - 9:40 Exploration for Geothermal Reservoirs
Kevin McCarthy, Baker Hughes
9:40 - 10:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Sean Marshall, SLB

Who Owns the Heat, Brines, Produced Water and Minerals?
Buford Pollett, Univ of Tulsa

Carbon Financing
James C. Row, CFA/Founder/CEO, Capturiant

Geothermal and Element Extraction
Tony Pugliano, Devon
10:00 - 10:20 Break
Session 2: Heat Flow - Implications for Geothermal, Critical Minerals, and Hydrogen Potential
Committee Chair: Justin Birdwell
Heat flow, particularly in sedimentary basins, is widely studied in the context of petroleum resources to understand source rock thermal maturity and is clearly important for development of geothermal energy. However, the relevance of heat flow to the potential for accumulation of critical minerals or hydrogen resources is less widely understood. Generation of hydrogen in the subsurface can occur at elevated temperatures (>200°C) in the presence of iron-containing minerals, and hydrothermal systems can mobilize and emplace various metals, sometimes leading to substantial accumulations. In this session, the impact of heat flow on accumulations of multiple non-petroleum, subsurface energy resources will be discussed and advancements in research and development efforts will be presented.
10:20 - 10:40 Compare and Contrast Geothermal Potential in the Gulf Coast and Trans-Pecos Region of Texas: Geology Matters
Shuvajit Bhattacharya, TX Bureau of Economic Geology
10:40 - 11:00 Canadian Geothermal / Southern Sask / Northern Williston / Sedimentary Geothermal
Kirsten Marcia, DEEP Earth Energy
11:00 - 11:20 Crustal Heat Flow in the Great Basin: Implications for Geothermal, Lithium, and Hydrogen
Burns, E.R., DeAngelo, J., Mordensky, S.P., Williams, C.F., and Lipor, J.J., USGS
11:20 - 11:40 Fossil to Future: Reducing Emissions by Harvesting Thermal Energy
Johanna Ostrum,Gradient Geothermal, Chief Operating Officer
11:40 - 12:00 Panel Discussion
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
Session 3: Geothermal Energy Storage and Critical Mineral Synergies
Committee Chairs: Denise Benoit and Analiese Andersen
This session examines ways to identify and characterize critical mineral reservoies. It also explores energy storage and the potential to recharge and/or store geothermal energy through synchronicities with other energy sources, thus potentially dramatically improving economics and the longevity of the geothermal reservoir.
1:00 - 1:20 Key Nexus Between Subsurface Energy and Critical Minerals
Ahmad Ghassemi, University of Oklahoma
1:20 - 1:40 An Economics Perspective: Why We Should Find Synergies
Mike Umbro, FieldView Capital
1:40 - 2:00 Subsurface Pumped Energy Storage in Deep Hydraulic Fractures
Lev Ring, Sage Geosystems
2:00 - 2:20 Delphy by Vallourec – Underground Hydrogen Storage
Andrew Cassidy, Vallourec
2:20 - 2:40 Improving Geothermal Economics through Added Value Streams: Mineral extraction, H2 & Energy Storage
Amanda Kolker, NREL
2:40 - 3:00 Panel Discussion: New Case Studies to Be Presented With a Discussion That Will Include This Session's Presenters
Moderator: Ahmad Ghassemi, University of Oklahoma
3:00 - 3:20 Break
Session 4: Geochemical and Physical Factors Critical to Success
Committee Chair: Kristie McLin
This session will focus on geochemical, geophysical, and physical factors that are critical for a full understanding of the reservoir and its various potientials. There is a focus on identifying resources as well as making sure that operations avoid unexpected problems.
3:20 - 3:40 Geophysical Characterization and Analytics
Kellen Gunderson, Projeo Corporation
3:40 - 4:00 Searching for Critical Metals in Sedimentary Basins: The Transition of Mindset and the Use of Hydrocarbon Tools
Graeme Nicoll, Halliburton
4:00 - 4:20 Geothermal Well Control and Training – How the Industry Must Adapt and Educate to the Geothermal Difference
Ryan Hays & Toney Deer, Well Control School
4:20 - 4:40 Geochemistry and Lithium in the Smackover Formation
Galen Huling, Grounded Energy
4:40 - 5:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Sean Marshall, SLB
5:00 - 6:00 Networking Reception
Friday June 7


8:00 - 8:20 Welcome and Opening Plenary Address
Session 5: Exploration for Geologic Hydrogen and Helium
Committee Chair: Elizabeth Cambre
Embark on an insightful journey into the often overlooked domains of geological hydrogen and helium within subsurface fluid exploration. Our esteemed speakers will delve into the complexities of geological exploration for hydrogen and helium, exploring key themes such as geological insights, extraction techniques, market trends, and regulatory considerations. Join us as we illuminate the forefront of geological exploration, shedding light on the pivotal role of hydrogen and helium in shaping the future of energy and technology.
8:20 - 8:30 Keynote Address
Othon Monteiro, Department of Energy
8:30 - 9:00 Panel Discussion

Panelist – Heather Byers, Vallourec

Panelist – Michael Hart, Hethos

Panelist – Othon Monteiro, DOE

Panelist – Morten Stahl, Natural Hydrogen Ventures

Panelist – Steve Tedesco, Running Foxes
9:00 - 9:20 Unlocking Geologic Hydrogen Potential: The Impact of Mechanical and Thermal Stimulation on Reaction Rates
Ammar Alali,Eden
9:20 - 9:40 H2 Surface Mapper, A New Methodology for the Mapping of H2 Surface Indices
Emmanuel Pizzo, InfoGeo
9:40 - 10:00 Scalable Solutions for Addressing the Global Hydrogen and Helium Demands
Robert Rohlfing, Desert Mountain Energy
10:00 - 10:20 Break
Session 6: Lithium and Critical Minerals - Challenges and Opportunities
Committee Chairs: Susan Nash and Justin Birdwell
Development of critical minerals resources will be vital to the energy transition, primarily for the production of batteries for energy storage and the manufacture of alternative energy technologies. Lithium, rare-earth elements (REEs), graphite, and other battery metals are present in a wide range of geologic deposits, many of which are associated with sedimentary basins where other subsurface resources are present (e.g., petroleum, geothermal heat). This session will focus on the types of non-traditional deposits currently being explored and evaluated (e.g., REEs in coal or sedimentary rocks, lithium in formation waters), how they form, and what the challenges are for recovering usable materials from such deposits.
10:20 - 11:00 Panel Discussion

Moderator – Michael McKibben, Univ of California - Riverside

Panelist – Andrey Klimushin , Rock Flow Dynamics

Panelist – Tony Pugliano, Devon

Panelist – Galen Huling, Grounded Energy

Panelist – Thomas Smith, GeoBrines

Panelist – Swapan Sahoo, Equinor

Panelist – Hermann Lebit, Alma Energy
11:00 - 11:20 Lithium Extraction from Complex Brine Reservoirs
Scott Taylor, Lithos Technology
11:20 - 11:40 The Chemistry Behind Direct Lithium Extraction
Tony Pugliano, Devon
11:40 - 12:00 Evaluation of the Lithium Resource in the Smackover Formation Brines of Southern Arkansas Using Machine Learning
Kathy Knierim, USGS
12:00 - 12:20 NanoMosaic Sorbents for Lithium Refining
Sheeba Dawood, Minerva Lithium
12:20 - 12:40 TBD
12:40 – 1:00 Discussion – Break – Posters
Geothermal, Lithium, Hydrogen: New Energy from Subsurface Fluids Conference
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816 Town & Country Lane, Suite 210
HoustonTexas 77024
United States
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Moran CityCentre Hotel

800 Sorella Ct, Houston, TX 77024
Reservations: +1 713 429 1172

The Moran Hotel is connected to the Norris CityCentre

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10500 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77043

Distance to Norris CityCentre: .3 miles (not walkable) 5 min. drive.

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Rate: Single/Double
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Susan Smith Nash Susan Nash Co-Chair Director of Innovation, Emerging Science and Technology, AAPG, USA
Anine Pedersen Anine Pedersen Co-Chair GR, USA
Analiese Andersen Analiese Andersen Technical Program Committee Microseismic
Justin Edward Birdwell Justin Birdwell Technical Program Committee Research Environmental Engineer and Geochemist, USGS, USA
Elizabeth Cambre Elizabeth Cambre Technical Program Committee Vallourec, USA
Eric Stautberg Jonathon Stautberg Technical Program Committee Colorado School of Mines, USA
Denise Benoit Denise Benoit Technical Program Committee XGS Energy
Dale  Larsen Dale Larsen Technical Program Committee Business Development Manager, New Well Tech, USA
Kristie S. McLin Kristie McLin Technical Program Committee ConocoPhillips, USA
Aaron Ball Aaron Ball Technical Program Committee Owner, Keystone Geoscience, LLC, USA
Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director, Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology
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