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Public Lecture: Hydrogen Geological Storage - Challenges and Benefits

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Hydrogen Geological Storage has been identified as a critical step for energy transition from fossil-based systems to renewable sources. Large-scale HGS offers the capacity to deal with the imbalance between intermittent supply of those energy sources and varying demand for energy. However, the effectiveness and risks of HGS are not fully understood. In this public lecture, Professor Derek Elsworth will discuss the benefits and challenges posed by HGS.

Derek Elsworth is G. Albert Shoemaker Chair and professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Geosciences at Penn State. He is co-founder of the Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards. His interests are in the areas of computational mechanics, rock mechanics, and in the mechanical and transport characteristics of fractured rocks, with application to geothermal energy, the deep geological sequestration of radioactive wastes and of carbon dioxide, unconventional hydrocarbons including coal-gas, tight-gas-shales and hydrates, and instability and eruption dynamics of volcanoes.

Professor Elsworth is a 2024 UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Visiting Fellow.

The UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Visiting Fellowships are part of the estate bequeathed to the University by Robert John Gledden (1855-1927)“to promote and encourage education and research at the University in the fields of applied science, engineering, mining or cognate subjects”


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