2024 Workshop

2024 Calgary Geothermal Workshop

Join us for the fourth annual Geothermal Workshop, hosted by GeoS, the Energi Simulation Center for Geothermal Systems Research, at the University of Calgary.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

8:30 am - 4:15 pm MDT

Hybrid event: on campus at the University of Calgary and online via Zoom

Join us for the fourth annual Calgary Geothermal Workshop, hosted by the Energi Simulation Centre for Geothermal Systems Research (GeoS).  The event will be held in a hybrid format, with in-person activities on the University of Calgary campus.  The day's agenda will include technical updates on work being conducted by GeoS researchers, research presentations from researchers from other universities across Canada, technical updates from geothermal developers, and a discussion of new research directions and opportunities.

History: in 2021, the University of Calgary formally launched the Geothermal Energy Laboratory to help achieve the vision of ‘Geothermal Anywhere’.  In 2022, a transformative investment in research funding from Energi Simulation formed the Energi Simulation Centre for Geothermal Systems Research.  Today, GeoS consists of researchers representing four faculties across the university and an annual research budget of over $1M per year.

The workshop will be chaired by Dr. Apostolos Kantzas and moderated by Dr. Roman J. Shor.

Workshop Program

8:00 a.m.Breakfast & Coffee 
8:30 a.m.Opening RemarksRoman Shor
8:50 a.m.Geothermal Technical ProgramUniversity Researchers
10:30 a.m.Coffee Break 
11:00 a.m.Geothermal Technical ProgramUniversity Researchers
12:00 p.m.Lunch 
1:00 p.m.Industry Technical UpdateInvited Speakers
4:00 p.m.Closing RemarksApostlos Kantzas
4:15 p.m.Energy Beers (Networking)The Banquet Bar, University District
This event will be a hybrid event. When registering, please indicate if you would like to join in person on the University of Calgary campus or if you will be joining via Zoom.

Academia - Industry Funding Programs

University Research

  • NSERC Alliance funds fundamental and applied research and development with an industry sponsor.  Cash contributions are matched 1:1 (for companies >500 employees) or 2:1 (for companies with less than 500 employees) for projects lasting 1 to 5 years.
  • NSERC Alliance / Alberta Innovates Advance is special program that funds technology development with grants up to $150,000 per year for up to two years.
  • Alberta Innovates Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement provides additional funding for NSERC Alliance grants in partnership with small businesses (<$50M in revenue).
  • Mitacs Accelerate provides matching funding to hire graduate students as interns in 4-month blocks (which are stackable).  Each 4-month block provides $15k in funding ($7.5k + GST from the industry sponsor) where at least $10k is salary for the student.
  • Mitacs Elevate provides matching funding to hire a postdoctoral fellow for two years ($30k / year contribution from the industry sponsor) to undertake applied research.

Technology Development 

  • Alberta Innovates Clean Resources (continuous intake) supports industry-academia partnerships for accelerated technology development and deployment, business growth, and enhancement of the  resource sector competitiveness.
  • Alberta Innovates Themed Funding Calls support technology development in a range of sectors throughout the year such as Clean Technology, Energy, Emerging Technology and Data Science.