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06/11/2015

Majer Wins Geothermal Energy Award

Source:  Dan Hawkes

ESD’s Ernie Majer recently won a Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) award for “excellence in induced seismicity and enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) research.” Majer’s award was one of four awards bestowed on DOE by the GEA for work and projects managed by a national laboratory.

Majer_awardAs described in a recent DOE press release, his work has “involved efforts to advance the understanding of induced seismicity in EGS systems. Majer’s instrumental work with the DOE on a novel seismicity protocol—recognized as a best practice by the National Academy of Sciences—set the standard in the subsurface community for safe and responsible drilling. His body of research continues to help geothermal scientists monitor the behavior and benefits of microseismicity in EGS systems.” Now, geothermal plant seismicity is better understood due to having in-place, accepted protocols and practices to prevent seismicity. In addition, he has contributed to extensive research advancing the industry’s knowledge about seismicity.

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is a trade association comprised of U.S. companies that support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses.

To read more, go here: http://energy.gov/eere/geothermal/articles/energy-department-honored-inroads-geothermal-energy

To read the GEA group announcement, go here: http://www.geo-energy.org/pressReleases/2015/June_2015_Honors_Awards.aspx