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These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which Energy Resources Engineering is changing the world:

Discrete Fracture Modeling of Hydraulic Stimulation in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (Mark McClure)

In Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), hydraulic stimulation is carried out by injecting water at high pressure into low permeability, typically crystalline rock. In most cases, the fluid injection causes slip on the preexisting fractures, enhancing their permeability and increasing well productivity.

Joint Inversion of Seismic and Flow Data for Reservoir Parameter Assessment

Time lapse seismic data has begun to play an important role in reservoir characterization, management and monitoring. It can provide information on the dynamics of fluids in the reservoir based on the relation between variations of seismic signals and movement of hydrocarbons and changes in formation pressure. awc

Simulation and Optimization of Subsurface Flow Processes

Subsurface flow simulations are a key component in the design and
optimization of oil and gas production operations. Such simulations will
have an analogous role in the planning and management of geological
carbon sequestration.

Optimal CO2 capture and storage to reduce the energy costs of CCS

Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power production, especially from coal-fired power generation. For this reason, it is seen as an important “bridge” technology to reduce emissions in the coming decades before renewable and low-carbon technologies can supply all electricity demand.