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Canadian Geothermal Power & Direct Use of Heat Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan - TIS
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
801 - 7th Ave SW
The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA), Natural Resources Canada, Alberta Innovates â€“ Technology Futures and Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) invite you or a representative of your organization to attend a Technology Information Session (TIS). The objective of the session is to introduce the Canadian Geothermal Power & Direct Use of Heat Technology Roadmap and Implementation Plan.
CanGEA is the collective voice of Canadaâ€™s geothermal industry (www.cangea.ca). As a non-profit industry association, we represent the interests of our member companies with the primary goal of unlocking the countryâ€™s tremendous geothermal energy potential. Geothermal energy can provide competitively priced, renewable, base-load energy to Canadian and export markets.
Canada boasts abundant world class geothermal resources (i.e. Canadian Cordillera in BC, YT, NT; more than 140 hot springs in Western Canada; Hot Sedimentary Aquifers (HSA) that can be used for geothermal co-produced fluids along with oil & gas production in BC, YT, NT, AB, SK, NU, ON, QC, NL, NS, NB) as well as the prospect of using advanced technologies such as Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) in unconventional reservoirs. Heating and small power production opportunities are of further interest in northern communities.
Despite the abundance of widespread geothermal resources, an industry has yet to develop in Canada due, in part, to a lack of understanding of the resource potential and the technologies available to harness the resources. As geothermal energy features the lowest environmental footprint of any power supply, has no to low emissions, is widely considered in geothermal producer countries to be cost competitive and often the lowest cost alternative, it is the belief that geothermal resources can play a significant role in Canadaâ€™s future energy needs and export opportunities. To unlock this potential, a comprehensive geothermal energy strategy is needed.
In 2011, the Geological Survey of Canada released a report on the â€œGeothermal Energy Resource Potential of Canadaâ€ and stated that geothermal energy can provide a million times that of Canadaâ€™s current electric energy needs. CanGEA asserts that at least 5,000 MW (43,000 GWh/yr) can be economically developed by 2025 yielding 27 million tonnes of CO2/yr avoided, $25 billion in capital spend, 9,000 permanent green jobs created and an additional 30,000 person years of manufacturing and construction jobs.
Other recent efforts to assist the industry by CanGEA and governments have included:
- Creation of a geothermal reporting code
- National geothermal resource maps
- Policy analysis
- Industry overview
- Supply chain
The next step is to launch the Canadian Geothermal Power & Direct Use of Heat Technology Roadmap. The final step will be the creation of an Implementation Plan and subsequent Demonstration projects.
It is widely regarded that the transfer of subsurface oil and gas technologies (exploration, reservoir maintenance, drilling, completions, high temperature pumps and monitoring systems) is the key to making the use of geothermal energy even more cost competitive as well as increasing the number of economic resources (reserves). Operational synergies via co-produced fluids present a special opportunity for oil & gas producers in hot sedimentary aquifers (Horn River Basin, Mackenzie Basin, Sverdrup Basin, Foreland Basins, Mackenzie Corridor, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, Williston Basin, Michigan Basin, Cumberland Basin, and the Anticosti Basin). Process heating is also a possibility in the Oil Sands via EGS technology.
Scope of Information Session
- Introduction to geothermal energy resources in Canada
- Applications and benefits of geothermal energy
- Call for Steering Committee members/sponsors for the Roadmap
- Natural Resources Canada is the lead sponsor
- Question and Answer session
Who Should Attend?
- Government, Academia, First Nations
- Energy Companies with an interest in Renewable Energy projects
- Subsurface Technology Providers and End Users
- Exploration, Reservoir Management, Drilling, Completions, Pumps, Monitoring, Etc.
- Turbine and Generator Manufacturers
- Utilities and Independent Power Producers
( 9 Jan)
(Noon on Feb 6)
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