Geosciences Seminar - Dr. Patrick Dobson

DateSeptember 28, 2018Time3:00 - 4:00 pm
LocationBaylor Sciences Building, Room E231
DescriptionExploring for Geothermal Energy - An Overview

Geothermal energy is an abundant and clean energy source, but it is often overlooked as an important part of the nation's energy portfolio. This is in part due to the regional nature of geothermal resource distribution, as well as the lower costs for natural gas, solar, and wind power generation. This presentation will review conventional methods as well as new approaches to regional geothermal resource assessments and the exploration of geothermal prospects, and will discuss how these methods can be adapted to search for blind hydrothermal systems and evaluate the potential for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Key issues such as exploration risk and costs, the time required to assess, discover, and delineate geothermal resources, and environmental issues such as competing uses of water and induced seismicity will also be addressed.

Patrick Dobson is a geological staff scientist and the lead for the Geothermal Systems program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received his MS and PhD in geology from Stanford University, followed by postdoctoral stints at Caltech and UC Santa Barbara. He worked for Unocal Corporation for ten years in their research laboratory and as a geologist in their geothermal division, participating in geothermal exploration projects in the US, Indonesia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Chile. Dr. Dobson joined LBNL in 2000, where he currently works on a variety of geologic and geochemical research projects associated with geothermal energy, nuclear waste, and oil and gas resources. He recently led the Exploration task force for DOE's GeoVision study, which seeks to provide a credible analysis of potential geothermal growth scenarios for 2020, 2030 and 2050 across multiple market sectors in the US.
PublisherDepartment of Geosciences
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