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Analytical solutions to evaluate the geothermal energy generation potential from sedimentary-basin reservoirs

In this study, Jeff Bielicki and colleagues develop and implement analytical solutions for calculating reservoir impedance, reservoir heat depletion, and wellbore heat loss in sedimentary reservoirs that are laterally extensive, homogeneous, horizontally isotropic and have uniform thickness.

Global assessment of the carbon–water tradeoff of dry cooling for thermal power generation
Nature Water

Jeff Bielicki and colleagues investigate the CO2 emission and energy penalty due to the deployment of dry cooling—a critical water mitigation strategy—together with alternative water sourcing and carbon capture and storage under climate scenarios.

A Framework to Centre Justice in Energy Transition Innovations
Nature Energy

As part of an interdisciplinary team of social scientists, Chris Rea offers a framework to help engineers and practitioners center justice in renewable energy transition innovations.

The Promise of Coupling Geologic CO2 Storage with Sedimentary Basin Geothermal Power Generation

This study examines the potential of utilizing geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) storage and CO2 as a working fluid for geothermal energy production to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas mitigation targets and provide load following flexibility for integrating variable renewable energy sources.

Recovering Rare Earth Elements from Coal Mine Drainage Using Industrial Byproducts: Environmental and Economic Consequences
Environmental Engineering Science

This article summarizes laboratory-scale experimental results of a trap-extract-precipitate (TEP) process and uses the mass and energy balances to estimate the economic costs and environmental impacts of the TEP. 

Flexible CO2-Plume Geothermal (CPG-F): Using Geologically Stored CO2 to Provide Dispatchable Power and Energy Storage
Energy Conversion and Management

Associate Professor Bielicki's study reveals that a Flexible CO2 Plume Geothermal (CPG-F) facility, capable of providing both dispatchable power and energy storage, can deliver 190% more power than a conventional CPG power plant for 8 hours while costing 70% more in capital, making it an efficient baseload power and dispatchable storage option.

Emerging Themes and Future Directions of Multi-Sector Nexus Research and Implementation
Frontiers in Environmental Science

Associate Professor Jeff Bielicki presents the results of a collaborative thought exercise involving 75 scientists and summarizes them into 10 key recommendations covering: the most critical nexus issues of today, emerging themes, and where future efforts should be directed. 

Excess Emissions: Environmental Impacts, Health Effects, and Policy Debate
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy

Alex Hollingsworth studies the need for emissions data reporting to enable creation and implementation of effective regulatory frameworks.

Commodifying Conservation

Assistant Professor Christopher Rea examines conservation banks that price the priceless and change how we protect natural resources.

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