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Postgraduate Course: Future GeoEnergy Resources (PGGE11261)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe geological subsurface is used as both a source of fluids (water, oil, gas); a sink (CO2; waste water; nuclear waste) and a store (compressed air; hydrogen; natural gas). All such industrial operations risk either damaging nearby subsurface resources, or creating pollution at the Earth's surface, and must be conducted in a manner which minimises these risks. The course introduces both the issues and the technical background to the responsible utilisation of these subsurface resources.
Course description Future GeoEnergy resources encompass the broad range of energy technologies and sources that interact with the geological subsurface. This includes both established energy technologies such as conventional oil and gas extraction, the production of geothermal energy, water resources and developing areas such as unconventional production of fossil fuels and the storage of compressed air or hydrogen.
The geological subsurface is used as both a source of fluids (water, oil, gas); a sink (CO2; waste water; nuclear waste) and a store (compressed air; hydrogen; natural gas). All such industrial operations risk either damaging nearby subsurface resources, or creating pollution at the Earth┐s surface, and must be conducted in a manner which minimises these risks.
This course introduces the technical background and environmental issues associated with the responsible utilisation of Future GeoEnergy resources.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must have studied basic geology to the satisfaction of the Course Organiser
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%
Students will be required to submit one written 2,500 word (excluding figures and references) and one A0 one digital A0 poster to constitute the assessed component of this course.
The written technical report 1 will be on a chosen Future GeoEnergy Technology (excluding geothermal) and will be submitted for assessment in at 12.00 noon on the Friday of Week 10 of Semester 1.
The A0 poster will be on a selected operating GeoEnergy site (excluding CCS), which is expected to be the same as that presented in the oral presentations of Week 4 of Semester 2. The poster should be submitted digitally by 12 noon on Friday of Week 5 of Semester 2.
Feedback Feedback is a key component of your learning experience, and something that is given a high priority in the Future GeoEnergy course. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback in the following instances:

- Personal 1-to-1 feedback during the practical sessions, as students┐ progress on the exercises during the course (once a week). Teaching staff will provide feedback.
- Individual feedback will be provided on each student┐s individual presentations on a chosen relevant GeoEnergy project scheduled to be given during the course. This will include recommendations as to how you can improve your presentations in the future.
Students are expected to build on this feedback to progress and produce work of a high standard. Course team members are happy to give individual feedback to students who ask.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A broad, integrated knowledge of the range of future GeoEnergy Resources and the geological constraints associated with their use
  2. A critical understanding of the geomechanical controls on the subsurface injection of fluids
  3. Knowledge of the properties of fine grained rocks and their ability to act as geological seals
  4. An insight into the experimental approachs used to understand subsurface processes relevant to utilisation of GeoEnergy Resources
  5. Familiarity with common tools used to monitor GeoEnergy Resources
Reading List
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air, 2009, by MacKay, DJC. Free to download here: https://www.withouthotair.com/ Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future Paperback, 2011, by Everett, Boyle & PeakeLi et al., 2015 - A review on hydraulic fracturing of unconventional reservoir, by, Petroleum (journal) v. 1, p.8 - 15. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405656115000140Amid et al. 2016 - Seasonal storage of hydrogen in a depleted natural gas reservoir, Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41, 5549:5558 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036031991531781XLuo et al., 2014 - Overview of current development in compressed air energy storage technology, by, Energy Procedia, v. 62, p. 603 611. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876610214034547
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking- some subsurface technologies are controversial; all require expert knowledge to assess independently.
Presentation and data interpretation skills will also be gained from the course.
KeywordsEarth Resources,GeoEnergy,Geothermal energy,Energy Storage
Contacts
Course organiserDr Stuart Gilfillan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3462
Email: stuart.gilfillan@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Kathryn Will
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624
Email: Kath.Will@ed.ac.uk
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