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CAES’ monthly Codebreaker seminar series Dec. 5 features talk on ways in which we can use the earth as a carbon-free source of energy generation or storage

November 25, 2019

Dr. Robert Podgorney, Geothermal Energy Lead in INL’s Energy and Environment Science and Technology Directorate, is scheduled to present at CAES’ monthly Codebreaker seminar series on Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the CAES Auditorium.

Podgorney’s presentation, We’re Sitting on the Sun: Innovative Ways to Harvest or Store Renewable Energy from the Subsurface, will highlight opportunities to use the earth as a carbon-free source of energy generation or as a large-scale thermal battery, storing energy produced by intermittent renewable sources such as wind or solar. The presentation will focus on the research conducted by Podgorney and his diverse team, which is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the earth’s subsurface dynamics and expanding applications of safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible energy development.

In addition to his INL role, Podgorney serves as the Chair for Reservoir Modeling to the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology, a multinational effort focused on advancing geothermal energy.

Podgorney received his PhD in Geology from the University of Idaho, his Master’s in Hydrogeology from Wright State University, and his Bachelor’s in Geology at University of Pittsburgh.

The free Codebreaker seminar typically takes place the first Thursday of every month in the CAES auditorium and is open to all CAES affiliates. Refreshments will be provided.


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