2009 Conference Materials


DOE Funding


2006-08 Presentations

Description & Purpose

An international energy conference specializing in the enhancement of existing oil and gas wells for electrical production from the Earth’s heat. Geothermal energy produces clean, renewable electrical power that is considered a baseload source since it produces 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The energy can be extracted from well fluids using compact turbines with binary fluids. These systems are now sized to fit a single well or multiple wells with approximately 120°F fluid temperature differential between produced and cooling temperatures. Thus, in the Gulf Coast temperatures of 225°F+ are candidates for use; temperatures can be as low as 160°F in cooler climates. This capability to generate power gives a new revenue stream to low yield producers with high water volume and a reason to keep them producing. Learn how to take these wells and instead of abandoning them, energize them with geothermal power. A high water flow geopressure well becomes an immediate revenue path if converted to electrical production. This is an opportunity to think outside the box for the Energy Industry. With systems installed in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska and the Wyoming Rocky Mountain Oil Field Testing Center, the ability to use low temperature fluids is no longer just a concept, it’s a reality. This “how to” conference will provide you with the information necessary to develop a geothermal energy portfolio.


Topics Presented

• Power Generation Technology Advancements

• Geothermal Resource Exploration and Assessment

• Reservoir Engineering

• Fracturing

• Geopressure Development

• Tight Gas Sands Development

• Enhanced Geothermal Systems - International

• Green Power for Utilities

• Renewable Energy Credits and Tax Incentives

• Economics and Business Plan

• Transmission needs

• Regulation Laws and Leasing

• Financing

• Demonstration Sites

Call for Presentations and Posters

Submit abstracts for consideration to: blackwel@smu.edu or call to discuss an idea.

Deadline for submission is Friday, May 2, 2008.




 3 W Energy, L.L.C.



RyanGlover  L.L.P.

Texas Alliance for Energy Producers (TAEP)

Geothermal Resources Council (GRC)




Maguire Energy Institute

Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA)


Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute (EMGI)

Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (ISEM)


Energize a Field's Production with Geothermal Energy!


Coordinators: SMU Geothermal Lab & Huffington Department of Earth Sciences 


            Contact:     David Blackwell  214-768-2745  blackwel@smu.edu

                                    Maria Richards   214-768-1975  mrichard@smu.edu


SMU Geothermal Lab