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SPE Workshop: Heating Up Geothermal Innovation and Development in Canada
17–18 September 2024 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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SPE Workshop: Heating Up Geothermal Innovation and Development in Canada
17–18 September 2024 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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SPE Workshop:
Heating Up Geothermal Innovation
and Development in Canada
 

17–18 September 2024 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Thinking outside the box when it comes to geothermal energy in Canada involves exploring innovative approaches to harness the Earth's heat for sustainable direct heat and power generation.

Traditionally, geothermal energy has been associated with regions featuring high-temperature reservoirs, but Canada's diverse geological landscape demands a re-evaluation of conventional methods. Embracing cutting-edge technologies, such as enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) or closed-loop systems, could enable tapping into lower-temperature reservoirs, making geothermal energy more accessible across the country. Collaborative efforts between government, industry, and research institutions are crucial for developing customized solutions that address the unique challenges and opportunities presented by Canada's geological makeup.

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PHOTO: Work camp at Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
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Establishing a geothermal think tank dedicated to advancing the utilization of geothermal energy is an essential step toward fostering innovation and strategic planning. This workshop brings together experts, researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders to collaboratively address the unique challenges associated with geothermal development in the Canadian context.

By facilitating knowledge exchange and promoting cross-sector collaboration, the geothermal think tank becomes a catalyst for transforming theoretical concepts into actionable projects, guiding Canada towards a more sustainable and geothermal-driven energy future.

  • Can geothermal be a good economic alternative to other sources of energy?
  •  What are the limitations of geothermal?
  • What can be done with geothermal beyond electrification?
  • What recent technologies makes geothermal better?
  • Where can geothermal be used?
  • Who is pursuing new geothermal technologies (service companies included)?

TECHNICAL TOPICS

  • Canada's Potential
  • Political effects of geothermal
  • Economics and carbon pricing policies
  • Moving geothermal energy development forward with new technologies
  • Upcoming projects
  • Direct heat applications for geothermal
  • Oil and gas opportunities for geothermal
  • Geothermal technology overview (electricity, direct use, geo exchange)

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When you attend an SPE event, you help provide even more opportunities for industry professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. Scholarships, certification, the Distinguished Lecturer program, and SPE’s energy education program Energy4me® are just a few examples of programs supported by SPE.

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