Night School – Energy Transition (Virtual Course)

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12-21 July 2021

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£85.00 (GBP)

Course Description

Session 1 | Introduction to Energy Transition
Facilitators: Mark Ireland and Jon Gluyas
Date: Monday 12 July 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm

This 2-hour session (divided into 5 x 20 minute sub-sessions with time for discussion) will provide a wide-reaching introduction to the energy transition. It will cover key factors driving the transition, and include a look back at the key events which have shaped the transition to date. It will provide participants an opportunity to look at the changing energy landscape and examine different decarbonisation pathways.

  • How did we get here – fossil fuels and global development
  • Global emissions and decarbonisation pathways
  • Changing energy systems – fossil fuels to renewables
  • Sectorial Decarbonisation
  • Role of geosciences in a changing energy landscape
  • From where do we get our energy
  • What is the energy transition?
  • Why is it required?
  • Why is it so tough to deliver?
  • What might the future look like?

The aim of the introduction is to illustrate why the energy transition is required, why it is difficult to achieve and develop different visions of our future.


Session 2 | Approaches to low enthalpy geothermal exploration
Facilitator: Mark Ireland
Date: Wednesday 14 July 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm

This 2-hour session (divided into 4 sections with time for questions) will provide a brief introduction to low enthalpy geothermal exploration. It will cover a broad range of aspects relating to the exploration of geothermal energy, including the uses of low temperature resources, the principles controlling the distribution of resources and the different resource types.

  • Applications and uses of low enthalpy geothermal energy
  • Principles of heat generation and transport within the upper crust
  • Characteristics of geothermal resources and their production
  • Challenges and opportunities for low enthalpy geothermal resources


Sessions 3 and 4 | Potential for energy integration in the offshore – gas to wire, combining geothermal and CCS & the role of the petroleum industry in the energy transition
Facilitator:  Jon Gluyas
Dates: Monday 19 July 2021 and Wednesday 21 July
6:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Decarbonising the petroleum industry
  • Emissions reduction
  • Capturing and storing carbon
  • Monetising co-produced fluids
  • Gas to wire & monetising CO2
  • Maximising Energy Recovery
  • Using petroleum industry skills, knowledge and scale of operations to help deliver net zero

The learning outcomes of lectures on 19th and 21st July are to gain an appreciation of the total, geoenergy system available with the aim of maximising energy recovery and what might be required to minimise emissions of greenhouse gases and other waste products.  We will also examine why the petroleum industry needs to be a key part of the energy transition and delivery of net zero (CO2 emissions).


Who should attend:
Aspiring, future leaders in the oil and gas industry who want to acquire skills beyond the academic and technical and obtain insights into the commercially orientated analysis. Acquire the global perspectives essential to professional success.

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Speaker Biography - Mark Ireland

Dr Mark Ireland (Newcastle University), is currently a Lecturer in Energy Geosciences at Newcastle University. He is a geoscientist by training with a PhD from Durham University, and has extensive experience of the interpretation of geophysical data. His current research integrates geophysical interpretations with geological data to understand fundamental processes in sedimentary basins. He has over 8 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry with BP Exploration, where he led multi-disciplinary evaluations of hydrocarbon resources, bringing together geosciences and engineering and led technology projects on subsurface workflows.

In 2019 he was appointed to his current position where his research spans the broad area of geoenergy and the role of geosciences in decarbonisation of the energy systems. He is a co-investigator on the EPSRC funded Net ZeroGeoRDIE project where he leads  research on geothermal well testing. He is principle investigator for a project funded by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Energy for Growth Fund, investigating the geothermal resource potential of the North East of England using existing subsurface data.

Speaker Biography - Jon Gluyas

Jon Gluyas is a geoscientist with 28 years’ experience in the petroleum industry and over 11 years’ experience in academia.  He is the current Executive Director of Durham Energy Institute.  He began working like with BP working around the globe and from exploration into production geosciences.  After time with mid-cap companies Monument and Lasmo, Jon formed Acorn Oil and Gas, the first company ever to redevelop a completely abandoned North Sea oilfield.

Acorn was sold and substantial equity raised to fund Fairfield Energy but in late 2009 Jon left the industry to take up the newly sponsored chair (by Ørsted and Ikon Science) in Geoenergy & CCS at Durham University UK.  Jon’s research since joining Durham has covered enhanced oil and gas recovery using CO2, carbon geostorage (CCS), geothermal energy, human induced seismicity and using the skills developed in industry, lithium, helium and now ‘golden’ hydrogen exploration.

Unable to completely leave behind the commercial world, Jon has since leaving Fairfield founded a further six companies including several helium exploration companies.  Jon has served as president of the Earth Science Teachers Association and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain as well as chairman of the British Geological Survey Board.  He currently sits on the strategic advisory panel for energy for UK Research and Innovation and has been appointed the first president of the newly formed Geothermal Energy Advancement Association.

In summary Jon has spent two thirds of a career getting carbon out of the ground and the most recent third trying to put it back in.

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