Subsurface Context for a GeoEnergy Transition

GeoLogica Limited
Course summary
17.5 hours
875 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
Online courses
Next available date: 01/11/2021 - Online courses
Professional Training

Course description

Subsurface Context for a GeoEnergy Transition

A course summarising the key issues of the GeoEnergy Transition, including climate science, carbon capture and storage, geothermal, critical minerals and the associated socio-economic context and challenges.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Intended for a wide range of individuals who want to develop a broad understanding of the energy transition and underlying scientific principles from a geoscience perspective. Primarily aimed at a technical audience with backgrounds in geoscience and subsurface disciplines (e.g. civil and mining engineers, geographers and hydrologists) but will provide anyone with a basic knowledge of the earth sciences a valuable introduction into the key topics and issues associated with the energy transition. The subject matter will be covered from basic principles and would therefore also be of interest to policy makers, investors, consultants and related businesses with a stake in the low carbon transition.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Describe the principles of climate science in relation to climate change.
  • Evaluate the roles of the various greenhouses gases.
  • Appraise future projections of the Earth’s climate.
  • Develop awareness of what is involved in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), how it will affect carbon dioxide emission reductions and what has been done so far.
  • Understand the mass of carbon dioxide to be disposed of and how much rock volume must be accessed in the subsurface for carbon dioxide storage.
  • Appreciate the range of ways that carbon dioxide could leak from the planned storage sites and the range of monitoring strategies that could be employed to ensure safe and long-term storage of carbon dioxide.
  • Understand the applications and use of geothermal energy.
  • Describe the key characteristics of geothermal resources and reservoirs.
  • Understand project risks and uncertainties in developing geothermal resources.
  • Understand the wider context behind the mineral intensity of the energy transition.
  • Describe how new technologies are ‘unlocking’ mineral deposits which have previously been considered unconventional.
  • Understand the role mineral extraction has to play in delivering the UN sustainable development goals, alongside various industry operating codes and principles.
  • Appreciate how energy transition projects are funded and how investment decisions are made.
  • Evaluate the policy and planning constraints on energy transition projects and how these can be successfully overcome.
  • Review the key risks, economic, political and technological, which successful projects need to address.

Training Course Content

Session 1

Climate Science John Pyle

  • Global climate change and the associated scientific principles
  • What has happened to our climate in recent history?
  • Roles of greenhouse gases
  • How do we model the Earth’s climate system?
  • Future projections and climate patterns

Session 2

Carbon Capture and Storage Basics Richard Worden

  • What is CCS? What is in the subsurface that allows carbon dioxide to be stored?
  • What types of CCS have already been adopted (precedents)?
  • What classes of carbon dioxide occur in the subsurface?
  • How much carbon dioxide can be stored in the subsurface?
  • Carbon dioxide injection rates
  • The range of possible fates of carbon dioxide in the subsurface over human and much longer time-scales
  • Carbon dioxide rock interactions, including possible mineral dissolution, rock fracturing, fault movement (earthquakes) and carbon dioxide leakage risks
  • Estimation of mass of carbon dioxide locked away by CCS thus far
  • Assessment of how many CCS projects are needed at the current rate of emission to cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • Injection rate estimates for different host rock types

Session 3

Geothermal Resource Mark Ireland

  • The role of geothermal energy in decarbonisation
  • Geothermal resource characterisation low enthalpy and high enthalpy
  • Technologies and integration

Session 4

Critical Minerals Lucy Crane

This session will cover aspects of the crucial role that mineral extraction will play in the energy transition. Building the low carbon technologies required to combat climate change, such as wind turbines, electric vehicles and batteries, will be hugely mineral intensive. The impact of this increased extraction is often overlooked, yet it is vital that these materials are sourced and extracted in the most responsible manner possible. Topics to be covered include:

  • The mineral intensity of climate action
  • Where critical raw materials are currently produced and their supply chains
  • Responsible sourcing

Session 5

Project Planning, Funding and Risk Mark Hammond and Alistair Donohew

This session will outline the key context and issues for energy transition projects. It will include a broad understanding of the policy and planning regime in the UK which governs energy projects, and the political and community context in which projects may be developed. It will also cover the issues around investment and financing for energy transition projects, and the risk factors which are crucial to successful projects. The content will focus on the geoscience implications of these factors, in order to enable participants to achieve an understanding of the fundamentals of the socio-economic background to the development of energy transition projects.

Course delivery details

  • 2pm-5.30pm GMT
  • Five 3.5-hour interactive online sessions (mornings in North America and afternoons in Europe). Each session is taught by a different tutor, with all being convened and facilitated by Alistair Donohew. Digital course notes and exercise materials will be distributed to participants before the course.

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Providing world-class training for the energy industry, GeoLogica is an experienced team with an extensive network of tutors and instructors on their books. Their expertise spans both subsurface training for the oil and gas industry, as well as training aimed...

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