Dan Stepansky, a Business Development Manager responsible for new Geo-Energy projects at Czech Geological Survey, is a new representative of his institution in the ENeRG network since May 2023.
The new issue of GEO ENeRGY (No. 47), the regular newsletter of the ENeRG, has been published
The first-page article is in the Memorandum of Vit Hladik, our dear colleague and friend, ENeRG president in 2018-2019, who left us forever on 3rd February 2023.
On the second page, the new Horizon Europe project HERCCULES – Heroes in Southern Europe to decarbonize industry with CCUS, started on 1 January 2023, is introduced in short.
The second article on the second page is the introduction of the new ENeRG member – Geothermal Ukraine.
The third page about the results of the Horizon 2020 project HyStories is written by the project coordinator Arnaud Reveillere.
On the last page the announcement of the 2nd European Underground Energy Workshop in Paris, 23-24 May, organized by the ENeRG in cooperation with COST Action Geothermal DHC could be found.
The GEO ENeRGY newsletter was printed and distributed at the 2nd European Underground Energy Workshop in Paris on 23-24 May in Paris.
The GEO ENeRGY newsletters are distributed now only in digital form for the ENeRG members and for all the visitors of the ENeRG website, where it is available for download.
For more information please read the attached newsletter.
[23-25 May 2023]
The 2nd European Underground Energy Storage Workshop which took place in Paris on 23-25 May 2023, was organized by the ENeRG network, COST Action Geothermal-DHC and EuroGeoSurveys and sponsored by AVALON International Corporation (Gold Sponsor) and DEEP.KBB (Silver Sponsor).
Fifty researchers and industry stakeholders from 25 countries, including the EU, Norway, the UK, Turkey, Albania, North Macedonia and the USA, took part in the workshop.
Alexandra Dudu (GeoEcoMar, Romania), the ENeRG President, opened and chaired the Introductory Session 1 on 23rd May. She first introduced Dan Stepansky, the new representative of the Czech Geological Survey in ENeRG, who spoke in memoriam of his dear colleague and schoolmate, Vit. Alla Shogenova (TalTech), the ENeRG Ex-President (2022-2023), continued the discourse in memoriam of Vit, rememorating her cooperation with him during two decades, in various projects and networks.
After Alla’s presentation, Kazbulat Shogenov (SHOGenergy) made an introductory lecture about “Carbon neutral technologies and the need for energy storage”. The session continued with a presentation on COST Geothermal DHC by Jessica Chicco and the presentation of CCS activities performed in the USA by the Gold Sponsor (Avalon International Corporation) represented by Miguel Silva.
The Session 2. Advances in the deployment of underground energy storage on 23rd May were chaired by Barbara Merson (OGS) with five presentations from industry and research. The session was opened with a presentation by Heike Bernhardt (DEEP.KBB, Germany – Silver Sponsor) on hydrogen storage in salt caverns – status and future potential. The second presentation was made by Matthias Torquet (Geostock, France) who explained the opportunities and particularities of underground storage of ammonia. Fernanda Veloso (BRGM, France) made two presentations, one on the storage of hydrogen in acquirers using CO2 as cushion gas and one on the PilotSTRATEGY project. CCUS ZEN project, in which ENeRG is a networking partner, was presented by Catherine Ringstad (SINTEF, Norway)
The third session, Challenges for underground energy storage, was held on 24th May and was chaired by Alexandra Dudu and Kazbulat Shogenov. The session included six presentations and started with the presentation of Roman Berenblyum (NORCE, Norway) on the CO2SPICER project, in which Vit Hladik was the coordinator from the Czech Geological Survey. Francesco Pizzocolo (EuroGeoSurveys) presented after that GSEU project, followed by Gang Wang (Heriot-Watt University, UK) with synergies between CCS and large-scale hydrogen storage. The second part of session 3 focussed on the challenges and particularities of energy storage in salt caverns with three presentations on this topic made by Murad Abuaisha (Paris School of Mines, France), Benoit Brouard (Brouard Consulting SAS, France) and Laura Blanco Martin (Paris School of Mines, France).
Sessions 4 and 5 on the 24th of May were organized by COST Action Geothermal-DHC and chaired by Jessica Maria Chico (University of Torino, Italy) and Vasiliki Gemeni (HAEE, Greece).
Additionally, 6 posters were presented and discussed during breaks.
All the workshop was carefully managed by the ENeRG secretary Eleonora Manoukian. During the workshop pictures were taken by Kazbulat Shogenov, Eleonora Manoukian and Jubier Alonso Jimenez Camargo (Paris School of Mines), who also helped us with the organization at the site.
A number of the UESW participants also took part in the HyStories Conference on 25-26 May in Paris https://hystories.eu/final-conference.
Most of the presentations made at the workshop will be published soon on our website www.energnet.eu.
Yuliia Demchuk is a new GEO ENeRGY Newsletter Editor. She succeeded Alexandra Dudu in this position.
Yuliia Demchuk is a is a Board member of the NGO Geothermal Ukraine.
Please read more about Yuliia in her attached CV.
New ENeRG president 2023-2024
Alexandra Dudu is the new ENeRG President from the 1st of April 2023.
At the online Steering Committee meeting on 2nd March 2023 representatives of the ENeRG members elected Dr Alexandra Dudu as a new ENeRG President for 2023-2024.
Dr. Alexandra Dudu has been the ENeRG newsletter editor from 2018-2022.
Dr. Alexandra Dudu is the Head of the CO2 Geological Storage Department in GeoEcoMar Romania.
She succeeded Dr. Alla Shogenova from TalTech, Estonia who has been the ENeRG President from 2022-2023.
Please read more about Alexandra in her attached CV
We are in a very sad position to announce the great loss of our former President and great friend and colleague, Dr. Vit Hladik.
Vit was a member of the ENeRG Steering Committee (2002-2023), in charge of the GEO ENeRGY newsletter (2004-2011), editor of the ENeRG website (2012-2017) and ENeRG President during the years 2018-2019.
He was a geo-energy research coordinator at Czech Geological Survey. His professional focus was research and project management in the field of CO2 geological storage, subsurface energy storage and other geo-energy technologies, including abundant experience with participation in international projects.
He was the project coordinator of FP6 CO2NET EAST, TOGEOS and REPP-CO2. He was also a Management Board member of the European research projects CGS Europe (FP7) and ENOS (H2020). In 2018-2022 he was project manager of GeoConnect³d and other ongoing international projects (H2020 HyStories, CO2-SPICER) and Managing Committee Member of COST Action Geothermal-DHC.
All ENeRG family is deeply mourning the unexpected loss of Vit Hladik and all would like to express their deepest condolences to his family, friends and co-workers.
Vit, you will be missed! Rest in Peace!
International Master CO2 Geological Storage – Deadline extended to 31st January 2023!
Learn about new technology and create professional liaisons with colleagues all over Europe! https://web.uniroma1.it/masterco2/en
Zagreb University together with the Sapienza University of Rome and the participation of the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Tallinn University of Technology and the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland GEUS are offering a one-year Postgraduate specialist university course (60 ECTS) on CO2 Geological Storage with the support of CO2GeoNet, the Network of Excellence on the Geological Storage of CO2. The proposing institutes are also partners of ENeRG.
The goal of the course is to provide the participants with the scientific and technical knowledge that needs to be addressed for the successful storage of CO2 in geological formations. The students of the Master will be trained on all aspects of CO2 Geological Storage, and they will be introduced to the scientific and professional community working on CO2 Geological Storage in Europe and beyond.
The call for the Academic year 2022-2023 is now open, and the deadline for application has been extended to 31st January 2023.
The Master provides a comprehensive preparation for young professionals interested to work in the field of CCS. It is composed of a period of lessons (February to July), fieldwork and a period of traineeship at one of CO2GeoNet research institutes.
The Master will present an overview of state-of-the-art CCS operations and research; it will focus on the technical and scientific considerations for CO2 injection and safety monitoring, the exploration of critical processes in laboratory studies, numerical modelling, and conclusively on sound and reliable storage capacity estimates, including the project economics, social aspects, and planning of mitigation measures in case regulatory requirements are not fully met.
The students will be able to understand the work of the different specialists involved in CCS projects (such as reservoir engineers/geologists, sedimentologists, stratigraphers, geophysicists, structural geologists, geochemical modellers, regulators, etc.), learn from high-level specialists, and connecting with the most advanced research institutes in Europe.
Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) is a rapidly advancing field with many interdisciplinary scientific and technical challenges that are being addressed globally. This course is provided to prepare a new generation of young professionals who want to work on these topics.
More information at https://web.uniroma1.it/masterco2/en
In July 2022 at the conference in Lugano, Ukraine presented a powerful and comprehensive plan for recovery of the country. The implementation of this strategy is designed for 10 years and gained favorable assessments and support from international partners.
Ukraine’s Recovery is aimed to accelerate sustainable economic growth and to make a huge step from transitional to developing economy by 2032. The plan identifies a list of National programs https://recovery.gov.ua/en to achieve key results.
The recovery of Ukraine and the related mobilization of infrastructure funds is a unique chance for Europe as a whole as a continent actively develop energy efficiency measures, gradually abandon fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy sources (sun, wind, small hygropower, geothermal energy, biomass).
According to the Institute of Renewable Energy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the total capacity potential of renewable energy sources in Ukraine reaches 874 GW, including about 250 GW of the capacity of offshore wind farms.
In terms of “fuel of the future”, by 2032 Ukraine can produce ~1.6-1.7 Mt of hydrogen, which will require up to 15 GW of electrolyzer capacity. The development of “green” hydrogen-based metallurgy and potentially the production of “green” hydrogen-based ammonia and fertilizers are promising options.
Detailed report on the recovery of Ukraine in the energy sector can be found at the link https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/621f88db25fbf24758792dd8/62dacafb804d22348c8d8c08__Energy%20Security.pdf
Ukraine’s Recovery Plan and other materials by thematic sections can be found at https://www.urc2022.com/urc2022-recovery-plan
HOW TO REBUILD A “GREEN” COUNTRY: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR UKRAINE’S RECOVERY https://dixigroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/eng-analitychna-zapyska-po-vidnovlennyu-15112022.pdf
The new issue of GEO ENeRGY (No. 46), the regular newsletter of the ENeRG, has been published
The first-page article is about a new EU COST Action CA21127 Techno-economic analysis of carbon mitigation technologies (TrANsMIT) officially launched on 7th October 2022.
On the second page, one can read two articles. The first article is about a new Horizon Europe project CCUS ZEN (Zero Emission Network to facilitate CCUS uptake in the industry), a Coordination & Support Action project coordinated by SINTEF (Norway) started in September 2022.
The second article is about GHGT-16, which took place between 23-27 October 2022 in the Palais des congrès de Lyon, France.
The third page is written by the coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project STRATEGY CCUS which elaborated plans for deploying CCUS in eight European regions.
The last page includes an article about a new call for the International Master on CO2 Geological Storage (deadline 16th January 2023), announced by Sapienza University of Rome (https://web.uniroma1.it/masterco2/home).
For more information please read the attached newsletter.