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Geothermal 101

AAPG | BEG Geosciences Technology Workshop

Occurred Friday, 10 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Workshop via Zoom (Austin, Texas time)

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To give working professionals an understanding of geothermal energy.

Who Should Attend

Oil & gas industry professionals across the board (exploration, production, business, etc.) looking to pivot into geothermal, undergraduate students with an interest in geothermal energy, government and non-profit officials with a desire to understand the field from an advocacy/policy/regulatory/funding perspective, innovators and venture capitalists interested in renewable energy.


This course will introduce and cover the entire field of geothermal energy. Due to the wide range of student backgrounds, this course will not get “into the weeds” on topics, but will provide a foundation for participants to subsequently deep-dive into any specific areas of interest. A basic freshman-level knowledge of geology, science, math and engineering is assumed. At a conceptual level, political and legal aspects will also be covered.

Course Outline:
8:00 m–8:30 am: Opening – Introduction and Overview
8:45 am–10:15 am: Session 1 – Geology of Geothermal Systems
10:30 am–12:00 pm: Session 2 – Engineering Aspects of Geothermal Systems
12:00 pm–1:00 pm: Lunch (Speaker TBA)
1:00 pm–2:30 pm: Session 3 – Case Studies
2:45 pm–4:15 pm: Session 4 – Law and Policy
Keneneth W. Wisian, PhD Keneneth Wisian Committee Member Associate Director, Environmental Division, Bureau of Economic Geology, USA
Justin Edward Birdwell Justin Birdwell Committee Member Research Environmental Engineer and Geochemist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Central Energy Resources Science Center, USA
Malcolm I. Ross Malcolm Ross Committee Member Strategic Advisor, Eavor Technologies Inc, USA
Ursula  Hammes Ursula Hammes Committee Member President, Hammes Energy, USA
Nicole Wagoner Nicole Wagoner Committee Member AAPG Women's Network Co-Chair and Intern, Blade Energy Partners, LTD, USA
Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director, Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology
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With Support From

Bureau of Economic Geology

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