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University of Regina Geothermal Project: Its time has come!

Thu., Mar. 12, 2020 7:00 p.m. - Thu., Mar. 12, 2020 9:00 p.m.

Location: College Avenue -CB 139-

Speaker: Dr. Janis Dale, Associate Professor, Department of Geology, University of Regina.

A Working Group research team at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan is proposing to construct a deep geothermal energy demonstration project using heat from the Deadwood/Winnipeg aquifer at the base of the Western Sedimentary Basin. This work is a continuation of research in 1979, when an exploratory geothermal test well was constructed. Resulting studies on the hydrogeology and geothermal productive capacity of the well supported the reliable development of this resource in the greater Regina area, and is well documented by over 40 research papers. The second well required to complete the project was never drilled and the original well was capped in 1999. Today geothermal offers several alternatives to our heating needs on campus and elsewhere.

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A Working Group research team at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan is proposing to construct a deep geothermal energy demonstration project using heat from the Deadwood/Winnipeg aquifer at the base of the Western Sedimentary Basin. This work is a continuation of research in 1979, when an exploratory geothermal test well was constructed. Resulting studies on the hydrogeology and geothermal productive capacity of the well supported the reliable development of this resource in the greater Regina area, and is well documented by over 40 research papers. The second well required to complete the project was never drilled and the original well was capped in 1999. Today geothermal offers several alternatives to our heating needs on campus and elsewhere.

Reducing our carbon foot print and exploring alternative energy sources has resulted in renewed interest in the use of geothermal energy on campus; which will provide reliable, base-load heating, is available on demand, has no storage requirements and no direct emission of greenhouse gases. This renewed project will showcase clean, green energy technology and infrastructure, with scientific, social and engineering research components to expand the opportunities provided through the use of geothermal resources. This geothermal energy source can integrate into existing heating infrastructure, and be immediately operational. The economic value of the system is based upon the avoided cost of purchasing natural gas with its associated carbon tax.

The Academics for Climate series will run January through May 2020. Lectures will be filmed and posted for online viewing.

Academics for Climate (AFC) gratefully acknowledges support for the Community Series from the University of Regina's Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business Administration, Office of the Vice-President of Research, Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP), Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Luther College, Department of Anthropology, Department of Classics and Philosophy, Department of Economics, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Department of Sociology and Social Studies, Department of Visual Arts, and the Department of Film.

AFC series events will be held on the original territories of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda peoples, as well as the homelands of the Métis Nation. The University of Regina resides on Treaty 4 lands with a presence in Treaty 6.

Contact
Dr. Sean Tucker
306-337-3244
Sean.Tucker@uregina.ca

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