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EGPD's Initiative

Europe is transitioning towards cleaner energy resources to establish a sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy system. Geothermal is critical for this transition since it provides a flexible baseload renewable source of energy. The challenges of sustainable geothermal operations require an interdisciplinary approach. Combining geoscientific and engineering solutions is essential for innovation at operational sites. Therefore, it is necessary to train the next generation of geothermal experts in order to develop and exploit the geothermal projects of tomorrow.

The European Geothermal PhD Days (EGPD) is a two-day training program organised by PhD students of different universities every year. The first European Geothermal PhD-day (EGPD2010) was held at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences - on February 12, 2010, as an initiative of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) joint program in geothermal energy. After 13 versions of the EGPD, more than 180 PhD students working on geothermal energy have participated. In total, participants working in 20 different European countries, and various scientific disciplines, have attended the two-day PhD-training program.

EGPD is a way to efficiently spread scientific knowledge related to geothermal energy by making an event that attracts young specialists. It emulates youth in geosciences and provides a framework to make connections in a qualitative way. It provides a dedicated and informal occasion for the PhD students to exchange with their pair and to develop their network.

About the hosts

PhD students from the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, we are delighted to host the 14th edition of the EGPD.

William Nibbs

Resource assessment and uncertainty quantification of shallow underground thermal energy storage systems in urban areas.

Host Institution: University of Glasgow

Katherine Deeming

Integration of spatial data on minewater heating and cooling and thermal storage potential in order to address all aspects of the energy quadrilemma (sustainability, affordability, security, public acceptance) in the Central Belt of Scotland.

Host Institution: University of Strathclyde

Dan Whittington

Assessing feasibility of thermal energy storage in mine shafts.

Host Institution: University of Strathclyde

Maëlle Brémaud

Developing an integrated resource risk assessment toolkit for hot sedimentary aquifer projects.

Host Institution: University of Strathclyde

Sally Jack

Understanding the interactions between multiple mine-water heat users tapping into a single mine/mine-water block, based on data from UK mines and interviews with mine engineers. The findings will be used to develop a screening tool for developers/policy makers that assists in de-risking future mine water thermal schemes.

Host Institution: Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, University of Strathclyde

Mylene Receveur

Investigating the key controls on mine-water temperature to identify/develop a standardized modelling approach or tool for the assessment of the heat potential of flooded coal mines.

Host Institution: University of Edinburgh

Aislinn Williams

Characterising Upper Devonian sandstones within the Clackmannan Syncline as a low enthalpy geothermal resource through sedimentary, hydrogeological, structural, and thermal assessments.

Host Institution: University of Glasgow