41st Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop

41st Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop


STANFORD, February 22 - Two Iceland School of Energy students presented their master's thesis research at the 41st Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop.

Cari Covell spoke about hydraulic well stimulation in low temperature geothermal areas for direct use applications. The presentation focused around evaluating methods of hydraulic stimulation used in the oil and gas industry in order to model a pre-stimulation treatment for a geothermal well. The method is applied to a case study of the Hoffell low temperature geothermal field in east Iceland.

Cari Covell

“Modeling stimulation for low temperature geothermal areas is an extremely important topic for discussion. If we can efficiently choose candidate wells to predict hot water production after drilling, the possibilities are endless.”

Ximena Muguruza presentation focused on numerical modelling of the Hágöngur geothermal reservoir in central Iceland. Her model provides insight into the reservoir's behavior for future utilization of the geothermal field. Ximena specifically spoke about how she built aspects of the model, including the lithology, resistivity, and stratigraphy.

Ximena Guardia Muguruza

“The thesis is very important for understanding the Hágöngur reservoir's behavior for future utilization of the geothermal fluid, and at the same time, assess the uncertainty in the production capacity of the reservoir, and the location of potential drilling targets.”

In addition to our student representatives, two other ISE faculty were present. María Guðjónsdóttir, Assistant Professor and Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Director of the Iceland School of Energy, provided insights on the geothermal industry throughout the conference as well. This is the first time that ISE sent all female representatives, speaking volumes about the important role women play in the geothermal industry. 


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