Geothermal Technologies and their Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
Speaker: Philip Ball | TOTAL E&P Americas LLC  


September 16, 2020
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mountain Time 
The GoToWebinar link will be emailed two days in advance of the webinar. 

Webinar pricing
CSPG member: $30.00 +gst 
Non-member: $45.00 +gst

Please note: Registration closes September 15th at 12:00 pm Mountain Time 

A review of conventional, unconventional, and advanced geothermal technologies highlights just how diverse and multi-faceted the geothermal industry has become, harnessing temperatures from 7°C to greater than 350°C.  The cost of reducing greenhouse emissions is examined in scenarios where conventional coal or Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT), power plants are abated.  In the absence of a US-policy on carbon tax, the marginal abatement cost potential of these technologies is examined within the context of the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC).  The analysis highlights that existing geothermal heat and power technologies and emerging advanced closed-loop applications could deliver substantial cost-efficient baseload energy, leading to the long-term decarbonization.  Geothermal technologies are therefore be well positioned within a future low-carbon energy portfolio.  


Philip Ball is a Senior New Ventures Geologist at TOTAL E&P Americas and a Senior Honorary Researcher at the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Keele University. Philip was awarded a BSc from Keele in 1998, a MSc and a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London in 2000 and 2005. In 2020, Philip was completed his MBA at the London School of Business and Finance. Philip's research interests are driven by an interest to better understand the feedback between tectonics, rifting, volcanism, sedimentation, fluids and climate. More recently Philip has been involved in research assessing, low-carbon energy technologies with a focus on geothermal, economics, innovation and carbon abatement.