Postgraduate Course: Future GeoEnergy Resources (PGGE11261)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||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 and unconventional hydrocarbon extraction, the production of geothermal energy, water resources and developing areas such as energy storage (via compressed air or hydrogen), nuclear waste storage and the influence of the deep biosphere.
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 covers the environmental issues associated with the responsible utilisation of Future GeoEnergy resources.
Introduction to course and GeoEnergy Research Talks Dr. Stuart Gilfillan
Introduction to GeoEnergy Resources Prof. Stuart Haszeldine
How will the UK meet its energy needs in the future? - Prof. Stuart Haszeldine
Geomechanics & Experimental Simulation of the Subsurface Dr. Andrew Fraser-Harris
Unconventional Hydrocarbons Dr. Stuart Gilfillan
Geothermal Resources Dr. Andrew Fraser-Harris
Implications of the Deep Biosphere for GeoEnergy Resources Dr. Sean McMahon
Nuclear Power Prof. Stuart Haszeldine
Shale Geology and Seal Properties Dr. Mark Wilkinson
Energy Storage Dr. Katriona Edlmann and Dr. Mark Wilkinson
GeoEnergy Research Talks Dr. Stuart Gilfillan
Water Resources Dr. Ian Molnar
Mineral Resources for a Zero-Carbon future Dr. Steve Hollis
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Students MUST have passed:
||Other requirements|| Students must have studied basic geology to the satisfaction of the Course Organiser
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 100 %
Students will be required to submit the following coursework items to constitute the assessed component of this course:
A written 6 page report (including figures and tables, but excluding references which are not included in the page limit) report on a chosen Future GeoEnergy Technology to be submitted digitally for assessment by 12 noon on Wednesday 30th November 2022 in Week 11 of Semester 1.
An A0 size digital poster on a selected operating GeoEnergy site (excluding CCS sites as these are covered in Carbon Storage and Monitoring course). This is expected to be the same site as that presented orally in Week 4 of Semester 2, in order for the formative feedback on the presentations to be acted upon in poster preparation. This poster is to be submitted digitally for assessment by 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd February 2023 in the Flexible Learning Week of Semester 2.
||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.
Examples of feedback can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/geosciences/teachingorganisation/staff/feedback-and-marking
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A broad, integrated knowledge of the range of future GeoEnergy Resources and the geological constraints associated with their use
- A critical understanding of the geomechanical controls on the subsurface injection of fluids
- Knowledge of the properties of fine grained rocks and their ability to act as geological seals
- An insight into the experimental approachs used to understand subsurface processes relevant to utilisation of GeoEnergy Resources
- Familiarity with common tools used to monitor GeoEnergy Resources
|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 & Peake
Li 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/S2405656115000140
Amid et al. 2016 - Seasonal storage of hydrogen in a depleted natural gas reservoir, Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41, 5549:5558
Luo 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
World Bank 2017 - The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low Carbon Future ¿ free to download here:
|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.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||All classes will be delivered in person.
|Keywords||Earth Resources,GeoEnergy,Geothermal energy,Energy Storage
|Course organiser||Dr Stuart Gilfillan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3462
|Course secretary||Mrs Lauren Blackman
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624