Building Back Better: A Future for Geothermal Energy in Northern Ireland


11/12/2020 9:00 am

Event Information

Friday 11th December 2020
09:00 (10:00 CET) to 13:30 (14:30 CET)

Session 1: Setting the scene
09:00–09:15 Professor Iain Stewart (University of Plymouth) Re-purposing Geoscience for Sustainable Human Progress.
09:15–09:30 Professor John Barry (Queens University of Belfast) Building Back Better, The Green Economy and The Just Energy Transition
09:30–09:45 DfE Energy Strategy/heat WG ppt – TBC
09:45–10:00 Dr Rob Raine (GSNI) & Joe Ireland (QUB) Geothermal resources and potential in Northern Ireland.
10:00-10:15 Questions and answers
10:15-10:30 Coffee break

Session 2: Geothermal in Practice
10:30–10:45 Professor Neil Hewitt- (University of Ulster) – How to make use of and distribute Geothermal Heat – latest technology and case studies.
10:45–11:00 Dr Alison Monaghan (Geologist, British Geological Survey)– Geothermal Observatories: De-risking through Research.
11:00–11:15 Ric Pasquali (Chairman, Geothermal Association of Ireland) – The role of Geothermal in decarbonisation – a focus on retrofitting of buildings.
11:15-11:30 Lucy Cotton (Project Geologist, Geoscience Limited) The necessity for Public Engagement in Geothermal Energy developments.
11:30-11:45 Questions and answers

Session 3: Charting a Path
11:45-12:00 Professor Mike Stephenson (Executive Chief Scientist, BGS) – How understanding of the Subsurface can meet our future Low Carbon Energy needs.
12:00-12:15 Bas Godschalk (IF Technology) – Why ATES plays a successful role in the Dutch Energy Transition?
12:15-12:30 Koen Verbruggen (Director, Geological Survey Ireland) – Producing a Geothermal Roadmap for Ireland.
12:30-12:45 Justus Brokking (Drilling & Engineering Manager, Transmark Renewables) – Introduction to a Geothermal business model.
12:45-13:00 – Questions and Answers
13:00–13:30 Steven Agnew (Head of RenewableNI) Panel discussion: What is the role that geothermal could play in Northern Ireland building back better and what would be the next steps?

Event Details

HostQueen's University, Belfast Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA) and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
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