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Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo


Renewable Energy World North America Conference & Expo
March 8-10, 2011
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, FL

Competitive Power College Courses and Pre-Conference Workshops


Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: 15
Registration Fee: $375.00, includes workshop materials, certificate of completion and coffee break

Registration for Geothermal Energy 201 and Geothermal in the Southeastern U.S. is $375 and is an "Additional Offering" at the 2011 Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Expo:

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• Karl Gawell, Executive Director, Geothermal Energy Association
• Bill Rickard, President, Geothermal Resource Group
• Kevin Wallace Senior Project Manager and Renewables Market Manager, POWER Engineers
• David Burnett, Director, Global Petroleum Research Institute, Texas A&M University
• Loy Sneary, President/CEO, Gulf Coast Green Energy

Course Target Audience:
Target audience includes those interested in walking away with a high-level education of the current geothermal industry in the U.S., projects in development, and unique technologies being offered. Also, representatives from the oil and gas industry interested in entering the geothermal industry should attend this workshop.

Course Overview:
With double-digit growth in 2010, the geothermal energy industry is growing fast despite a fledgling economy. In the U.S., commercial geothermal development has traditionally been in the West, but technology advancements are opening up project potential in new areas. As part of the preconference workshops at Renewable Energy World North America 2011, GEA along with the Geothermal Resource Group, POWER Engineers, Texas A&M University, and Gulf Coast Green Energy will hold a half-day workshop providing a basic overview of the geothermal industry and emerging technologies. The workshop will open with a 101 background including the elements of geothermal energy, market trends, and a status of the geothermal industry in the U.S. provided by the GEA. Our section on drilling is adapted from the Geothermal Resource Group’s 3-day geothermal drilling course, which has been delivered to geothermal operating companies around the world and focuses on how geothermal drilling differs from oil and gas drilling. POWER Engineers will cover above-ground components of flash and binary cycles, including the steam gathering, two phase flow, separation systems, turbines, cooling systems, extraction, and electrical development. Texas A&M’s GPRI Department of Petroleum Engineering will discuss the oil and gas well brine management, including potential for re-use and related reservoir issues. The course will conclude with instruction from Gulf Coast Green Energy on lowtemperature technologies, including a case study of a geothermal coproduction project taking place in the southeastern U.S.

Course Highlights:

Karl Gawell, GEA
• Geothermal 101 overview - market trends, development growth, policy

Bill Rickard, Geothermal Resource Group
• Drilling tutorial - resource geology, downhole conditions, reservoir characteristics and geothermal fluid dynamics
• Major differences from oil and gas drilling
• Information can be used by field personal and engineers to minimize geothermal drilling costs and maximize the productive lifetime of each production well

Kevin Wallace, POWER Engineers
• Flash and binary cycles tutorial - above-ground components - steam gathering, two phase flow, separation systems,
• Inside the plant - turbine, cooling systems, extraction, electrical

David Burnett, Texas A&M University
• Management of brine from oil and gas wells - potential for re-use, reinjection, reservoir issues
• Operations and equipment

Loy Sneary, Gulf Coast Green Energy
• Low-temperature tutorial – overview of equipment in low-temperature projects
• Project case study - oil and gas coproduction


Date: March 9, 2011
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Chair: Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association
Co-chair: Behrooz Ershaghi, Ph.D., Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Co.

Session description: Key players in the geothermal industry discuss market trends in the geothermal industry and how new standards, government polices and the current financial markets are affecting project developments in North America.

  • Sasha Jacob, Jacob Securities
  • John Pierce, WSGR
  • Johua Haacker, US Renewables
  • Charles J. Arrigio II, Glacier Partners
  • Karl Gawell, Geothermal Energy Association


Date: March 9, 2011
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Chair: Halley Dickey, TAS
Co-Chair: Leslie Blodgett, Geothermal Energy Association

Session description: Current low temperature geothermal technologies combine power generation with other revenue-producing scenarios integrated in new and exciting ways to expand geothermal power project development and smaller scale development possibilities

  • The Potential of Oil and Gas/Geothermal Co-Production in Florida
    Robert Hunt, Linear Power Ltd.

  • Using Binary Power Generation in the Oil Field Makes “Cents”
    Robert Klenner, Dr. Will Gosnold, Kirtipal Barse and Mark McDonald, University of North Dakota

  • Geothermal Air Conditioning: Closed Loop or Open Loop?
    Theron Jay Egg, EggGeothermal

  • Modeling a Direct Expansion Geothermal Heat Pump Using Carbon Dioxide in a Transcritical Cycle
    Brian Austin, North Dakota State University; Dr. K. Sumathy

  • Powerverde Gas Expansion and Gas Pressure Motors
    Stephen McKnight, PowerVerde Inc.

Date: March 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Chair: Behrooz Ershaghi, Ph.D., Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Co.
Co-chair: Halley Dickey, TAS

Session description: Geothermal energy’s benefit as a baseload renewable resource as well as a geologically-derived resource means it offers innovative opportunities for applications that expand baseload utility-scale power development, increase resources conversion efficiency and offer more dynamic load support to the utilities.

  • A CO2 Sequestering Geothermal Power Plant with a Negative Carbon Footprint
    Martin Saar and Jimmy Randolph, University of Minnesota (invited)

  • Full Throttle in Nicaragua: The San Jacinto-Tizate Geothermal Project
    Chun Chin, Kevin Wallace and Marshall Ralph, POWER Engineers Inc.; Mike Long, Ram Power; William Harvey, Reykjavik University

  • Acoustic Image Surveys of Naturally Fractured Resources in Extremely Hostile Downhole Environments (250C+) in Australia and New Zealand
    Brennan Campbell and Peter Mercure, Tiger Energy Services

  • Deep Drilling for Geothermal in England and Germany and its Potential in the U.S.
    Robert Hunt, Linear Power Ltd.

  • Innovative Conversion Technology at Bald Mountain, California
    Shuman Moore, Oski Energy

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