What is the Role of Geoscience in the Age of Renewables?

AAPG Energy Transition Forum

Charting the landscape of the future of the oil and gas industry is the purpose behind the AAPG “Energy Transition Forum – A New Era for Geoscience,” in the Netherlands later this year. The forum includes professionals from Shell, Statoil, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, University of Plymouth, Schlumberger, K-UTEC IBM, International Geothermal Association and Google.

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The world is awash in clean, affordable energy - how do we adapt?
So delighted to see the AAPG tackling this discussion with voices of the future at the table. Solar is now the cheapest form of newly installed power. So what does that mean for the energy supply business model? Where will our geoscience skills be useful? One very obvious application is the exploration for and development of minerals used in batteries, especially lithium and graphite. Our members have expertise at subsurface 3D modeling, resource assessment and risk management. We've worked for decades with the rotary drilling process now being employed to exploit lithium brines. And we can bring our oil field technology and HSE management lessons to new mining efforts, so that they can be low impact, provide good employment, and be profitable - hallmarks of the energy business. This new exploration frontier is going to be exciting for all of us!
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8/31/2018 1:13:39 PM
another vote for Scott Tinker
You need a balanced understanding of the way the world currently uses Energy and if there are alternatives to current methods. I would suggest you invite a real expert - Scott Tinker. See for his past movie and he is working on a new one now. http://www.switchenergyproject.com/
8/31/2018 8:28:41 AM
Role of Geoscience in Age of Renewables Forum
A timely but overdue discussion however: I do not see any speakers listed who may hold the technically correct view that anthropogenic CO2 is not a cause of Global Warming, albeit some research suggests it may be a very very minute contributor. Reality is that the earth really needs more CO2 in the atmosphere to promote plant growth and hence FOOD for the expanding populace. While there is nothing wrong with pursuing the renewables science and ultimately it will be required to replace conventional hydrocarbon energy, it has to compete commercially (ie, without massive subsidies) with existing energy sources. Existing scientific research clearly indicates that the earth is heading into a cooling eg ice ages and the population will require all the energy it can produce to survive.
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8/30/2018 8:21:07 PM
The role of geologists in providing for society's energy needs extends well beyond the oil and gas era.
There is also a place for geologists, although not necessarily petroleum geologists, in exploration for geothermal resources. Perhaps more importantly though, many of the components of a renewable power grid require reliable geologic information for proper siting. This includes, but is not limited to, substrates that lend themselves to locating windmills, dams, and energy storage facilities necessary to provide reliable base load electric power. At this point storage facilities are limited to pump storage plants, but any large scale energy storage scheme I can imagine should require geologic information for proper, environmentally safe, siting. If society finally recognizes that the dangers of the old water cooled reactor designs are solved by modern gas cooled reactors there should be jobs for exploration and production of nuclear fuel and plant siting once again.
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7/21/2018 3:03:58 PM
Age of Renewables?
Up to this point in time the only person in leadership of our profession who has addressed this topic in a reasonable manner is Scott Tinker. I don't see his name among those in this forum. Do you suppose that you could invite Scott? Or maybe I should just ignore the whole form thing.
7/21/2018 2:15:29 PM

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