Lecture: A Geothermal Campus: Heating Up the Energy Transition

15 April 2020 16:00 till 17:00 - Location: Fac 3ME; hall C - By: Urban Energy Institute

Lecture by Phil Vardon, Associate Professor, Department of Geoscience and Engineering & Leader, Geothermal Science and Engineering Theme
Hosted by the Urban Energy Institute
Date: Wednesday 15 April, 2020
Time: 4-5pm CET
Moderator: Kornelis Blok

The energy transition is in full swing, electricity generation continues to reach new records for renewable production. Sustainable heat generation however lags behind, and makes up the largest portion of energy use. Our campus and our researchers can play a big role in the development of sustainable heat. Large scale research and demonstration projects can speed up innovation and industry uptake, and I believe that is also our role as a university. I will outline the current activities being carried out on campus related to geothermal energy, including a 2km deep geothermal well, leading to an acceleration of sustainable heat use.

About the Speaker

Phil is an Associate Professor in the Section of Geo-Engineering. He leads the department theme in Geothermal Science and Engineering. His research is into complex coupled processes in the geotechnical arena. He focuses on the impacts on soils / geomaterials of various processes including heat, moisture and contaminant movement, including practical applications such as geothermal energy, slope stability and radioactive waste disposal. He teaches on the undergraduate Soil Mechanics course (CTB2310) and the postgraduate Numerical Modelling in Geo-Engineering course (CIE4366).  

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