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Geothermal Technical Update and Launch of UNWASTE

Join us for a technical update on research topics in geothermal energy systems and for the launch of the UNWASTE research initiative.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
8:30 am - 5:00 pm MST

Hybrid event: on campus at the University of Calgary and Zoom

In 2021, the University of Calgary formally launched the Geothermal Energy Laboratory to help achieve the vision of ‘Geothermal Anywhere’.  The morning’s agenda will include some technical updates on work being conducted by researchers in the lab followed by a discussion of new research directions and opportunities.

In the afternoon, we are excited to launch the UNWASTE initiative.  Thermal heat recovery is one of these – significant amounts of heat are vented to the atmosphere through heat exchangers and venting, which presents an opportunity to capture and use some of this heat.  Similarly, manufacturing processes generate waste, produced fluids are reinjected into disposal wells and tailings ponds are subject to remediation rather than resource harvesting.  UNWASTE proposes to extract value from these waste streams of energy and resources.

The workshop will be chaired by Dr. Roman J. Shor and Dr. Apostolos Kantzas, co-leads of the Geothermal Energy Laboratory and members of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary.

Wednesday, May 18th A.M. – Geothermal Technical Update

8 a.m.

Breakfast & Coffee


8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks (slides)

Roman Shor

9:00 a.m.

Geothermal Technical Program


10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break


10:20 a.m. Opportunities at Mt. Meager Richard Hawker

10:50 a.m.

New Geothermal Projects

Roman Shor & Apostolos Kantzas

11:30 a.m.


2nd Floor ICT


Geothermal Technical Presentations

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Performance Optimization for Rotary Percussive Drilling (slides)

Presented at the 2022 Stanford Geothermal Workshop and the 2022 ARMA Conference

Presenter: Ajesh Trivedi

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Digital Twinning of a Drilling Rig (slides)

Presented at the 2022 European Geothermal Conference

Presenter: Shanti Swaroop Kandala

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Characterization of Thermal Conductivity in Reservoirs (slides)

Presented at the 2021 SPE Geothermal Workshop

Presenter: Apostolos Kantzas

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Geothermal for the University of Calgary Campus (slides)

2021-2022 Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project

Presenter: Kurt Wolfsgruber / Ryland Couture

Wednesday, May 18th P.M. – Launch of UNWASTE

12:30 p.m.

Introduction of the UNWASTE Initiative (slides)

Apostolos Kantzas

1:00 p.m.

Technical Program


2:00 p.m.

Far Fetched Ideas


2:30 p.m.

Coffee Break


3:00 p.m.

Group Discussions: what is UNWASTE?

1. Heat Harvesting

2. Mineral Extraction

3. Water Valorization


4:15 p.m.

Review and Next Steps


5:00 p.m.

(Virtual) Energy Beers

The Den


UNWASTE Technical Presentations:

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Circular Economy and Sustainability (slides)

Presenter: Marjan Eggermont

1:10 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Heat Harvesting Systems (slides)

Presenter: Apostolos Kantzas

1:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Electrokinetic and Electrochemical Techniques for Mineral Extraction (slides | slides)

Presenter: Sathish Ponnurangam (with additional slides from Anne Benneker & Ted Roberts)

1:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Janus Particles as Smart Fluids (slides)

Presenter: Giovanni Natale

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Monetizing CO(slides)

This event will be a hybrid event. When registering, please indicate if you would like to join in person on the University of Calgary campus or if you will be joining via Zoom.