Drillbotics competition

Drillbotics® is an international competition for universities to design and build a small drilling rig that uses sensors and control algorithms to autonomously drill a rock sample provided by SPE’s Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS).

Hydrocarbon & Geothermics Workgroup, a group of teachers and students of the ICI Faculty, has decided to promote participation in this international competition. We are looking for motivated and passionate people, willing to face a challenge that requires different skills ranging from mechanics, hydraulics, information technology and electronics.

If you are interested write to: hgworkgroup@gmail.com


European Geothermal Congress: the final countdown!

Next Tuesday, EGC2019 will start, it’s the most important event in Europe for geothermal energy stakeholders. The congress takes place every 3 years and it is organised by EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, a non-profit international organization  founded in 1998 to promote the European geothermal industry.

For 2019 the EGC will be hosted by the city of Den Haag, Netherlands, between 11 and 14 of June. It will host several and various events: scientific conferences and poster presentations, specialized events for business development, traning courses, events for and from national and European policy makers, social events and side conferences for European projects. It will be a unique opportunity for Europeans working in different aspects of geothermal, whether academic, industrial or societal, to come together.

HGW will be there with two posters. One is focused on the use of a deep borehole heat exchanger coupled a ORC plant. A comprehensive thermodynamic assessment of the plants has been carried out analysing each component, including the cooling tower and ancillary equipment. The concept of energy, which is the maximum work output that could be obtained from a system, has been used to evaluate the performance of the system. Other one illustrates the implementation of Ground Source Heat Pump system in the energy plant of a 70’s sporting center in Italy. None energy upgrading on the building has been accounted and three different solution have been proposed and analysed. Then the three solutions have been compared using two different approaches: the economic analysis and the multicriteria analysis, which includes also the CO2 emissions and the primary energy consumption.

If you want other information on EGC19 or on the activity of EGEC see the following links:








Hydrocarbons & Geothermics…our vision of the future

Global changes urge a radical transformation and improvement of energy producing systems to meet the targets of the European Energy Roadmap 2050: a secure, competitive and decarbonized energy system.

In this scenario a synergic integration of geothermal energy into the hydrocarbons fields could be a disruptive opportunity. on one side the oil&gas reservoir are not renewable and marked by high decommissioning costs. On the other side, the geothermal energy is sustainable and renewable but the cost of wells drilling is generally 50% of the field commission costs.

The opportunity is rapresented by the large amount of formation waters produced during the oil&gas extraction in the mature stage of hydrocarbons fields. those waters must be trated continuously and could not be released to the environment, but they presents often temperature greater than 50°C. Increasing the maturity of assets, the water production increases until a complete depletion of hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons fields could be converted into geothermal ones generating different positive consequences: increase of the share of renewable energy sources; no  the cost and the impact connected to drilling new geothermal wells; no decommissioning costs for oil&gas companies; opportunity to create a positive social response in the area where the oil and gas wells are located.

We will discuss our idea during some international conferences this year. If you want to see our progress keep following us…

If you want to read the Energy Roadmap 2050 use the following link:



Energy roadmap 2050

Geothermal research well at University of TU Delft

“You can do a lot with lab work and modelling, but at a certain point you really need to study what is actually happening in the ground. We need to check the models and the theory with a geothermal well in operation. Therefore, we came up with the idea of a Living Lab, a geothermal well that is not just producing hot water to heat our building on campus, but that serves as a research infrastructure at the same time”.

This is the idea of Phil Vardon,  Associate Professor at the Department of Geoscience & Engineering at TU Delft, in Netherlands. This idea is becoming reality, through the DAPwell project, the project of a geothermal well that will serve the heat for the campus buildings and will function as a living lab for scientific and educational purposes. DAPwell was first imagined by a group of TU Delft students in 2008. Now a project team is currently working on finalizing the business case and administrative issues.

If you want to know more, read the article.

Gustavo Sclocchi Award

In order to encourage and reward university graduates, the SPE, EAGE and Assomineraria are pleased to announce the 26th Thesis Award.

All university graduates from Italian universities and Italian nationals graduated abroad, who will complete their studies or research in the period from November 1st 2017 to December 31st 2018, are entitled to submit their published thesis for the award.

The theses must cover subjects related to Hydrocarbon (from fossil sources and biomassess) and Geothermal Exploration & Production activities:

  • Geology, Geophysics and Formation Evaluation
  • Exploration, Production and Transport of Hydrocarbons (including LNG)
  • Health, Safety, Environment and Carbon Management and Neutrality
  • Renewable Sources and Energy transition
  • Green Refinery Feedstocks
  • Energy Economics & Management

The instructions for participation in the contest are reported here and in SPE Italian Section. Candidates must comply with the following deadline:

  • Contact Information and Abstract – deadline December 31rd, 2018
  • Complete electronic copy of the thesis – deadline January 5th, 2019
  • Graduation Certificate – before the Award Ceremony

Any questions can be addressed to: sclocchiaward.speitaly@gmail.com.


Webinar of FARANAFT

On 5th of November Prof. Alimonti will be the speaker of the first webinar within the FARANAFT project, organized by Italy La Sapienza University of Rome SPE Student Chapter in collaboration with Amirkabir University of Technology SPE Student Chapter.

In the webinar entitled “Multiphase Flow Metering: where we are on the learning curve?” Prof. Alimonti will share his know how acquired in over 20 years of studies, research and applications in the field of multiphase flow meter.

FARANAFT Project provides webinars by professors of the Dipartment of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Amirkabir and of the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome.

Target of the project is the sharing of scientific know-how on the Oil&Gas field, with particular attention to the upstream segment, and the possibility of developing a series of skills and abilities deriving from the comparison with other students and researchers in an international context.



Strasbourg aims to become a 100% renewable energy city!

City of Strasbourg has an ambitious target: to become a total renewable and green energy city in the space of ten years, between 2020 and 2030. And, in order to reach the target, the role of geothermal energy will be strategic.

To see the details of the energy strategy of Strasbourg you can click on this link.

Our expectations is that italians cities will soon follow the example of Strasbourg…