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TVRG: Geo Energy Observatories: characterising the subsurface to support the transition to a low carbon economy

13 October 2021
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Event type:
Regional Group, Lecture
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Thames Valley Regional Group
Virtual event
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Speaker: David Boon

Time: 18.55 for a 19.00 start

Location: Virtual via Zoom

The talk will cover two exciting projects aimed to better understand how heat can be recovered and stored in the subsurface. Case studies from two 'geo energy observatories' will be presented. The first is the 'Cardiff Urban Geo Observatory' a city scale project characterising a shallow sand and gravel aquifer, underlain by Mercia Mudstone. Using 3D geological models and hydrogeological model, complemented with an operational pilot open loop ground source heat pump scheme the project takes a city scale approach to better understand how heat can be recovered and stored below ground. The second project is the 'UKGEOS' Glasgow project where multiple boreholes have been installed into flooded mine workings, the infrastructure is open to the wider scientific community and will be at the forefront of studying the use of mine water energy.

Speaker Bio:

David Boon is a trained engineering geologist (MSc Leeds) and fellow of the Geological Society with 15 years’ experience of applied geology research and consultancy across the UK and overseas. He is science lead for the Cardiff Urban GeoObservatory and researches the geothermal resource potential of the UK landmass to support decarbonisation of heat and power. You might also find him mapping geology and geohazards in far-flung places, or paddling out at your local surf break.

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Thames Valley Regional Group

Thames Valley Regional Group