President of International Geothermal Association to speak at Iceland energy conference

The President of the International Geothermal Association, Prof. Roland N. Horne, has been announced to speak at the Iceland Geothermal energy conference, IGC 2013, taking place at the Harpa Conference Centre in Reykjavík between 5th – 8th March 2013.

Prof. Horne, who for decades been an influential figure within the field of both geothermal and petroleum energy research, will share his insight into the world of geothermal exploration at next year’s Iceland Geothermal Conference.

Prof. Horne is the President of the International Geothermal Association, Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences and Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Geothermal Program.  He is best known for his work in well test interpretation, production optimisation, and tracer analysis of fractured geothermal reservoirs.  So far, in his academic career he has supervised the graduate research of 37 PhD and 107 MS students, including about 50 in geothermal topics.

The overall theme of the Iceland Geothermal Conference is to share effective exploration methods, learn how to maximise the utilisation of geothermal energy from veterans, and explore ways to realise geothermal projects with less risk and higher profitability.

Furthermore, the Iceland Geothermal Conference is uniquely situated in a region rich in geothermal energy, and due to this, field trips will be offered as part of the program to selected geothermal areas close to Reykjavík in order for attendees to experience Iceland’s geothermal energy first hand.

Topics set to be discussed at the geothermal energy conference will include: identifying the possibilities of geothermal; resource management; finance, risk and insurance management in geothermal projects; role of governments and international funds; rules and regulations, case histories and sustainable resource management and environmental issues related to geothermal energy.

IGC 2013 will be the place to meet for utilities, investors, vendors, regulators, and government bodies to take an in depth look at the major steps in geothermal projects.

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