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:



Scotland meet Italy visiting Piancastagnaio Geothermal Plant

On 31th of October, Hydrocarbons and Geothermal Workgroup had the pleasure to bring Sean Watson, a PhD student from Glasgow University, for a very interesting field trip to Piancastagnaio geothermal plant. Sean is doing a doctorate on the use of deep borehole heat exchangers for thermal uses, one our geothermal research sectors, so we are collaborating to improve the field.

The connection with Enel Green Power is a great opportunity for HGW and for our students; thanks to the openness of the Enel staff, we had the chance to organize different field trips to the geothermal plants since 2016.

Wednesday, Ing. Paolo Orsucci has guided us in the tour of Piancastagnaio PC3 power plant (20MWe), explaining all the processes that involve the production of electricity in the geothermal power plant and the thermal uses of the fluid. The PC3 plant is part of the geothermal area of Amiata; between 2011 and 2013 Enel Green Power carried out a total restyling of the plant which included the installation of the AMIS facility for the abatement of non condensable gases and mercury. The plant provides heat for the greenhouse crops of Floramiata, and several companies and farms near the geothermal area. The geothermal resource offers several types of applications, depending by the requested temperature, and it is very interesting to understand how the technology is studied and adapted to the specific final use in order to find the better solution.

HGW thanks the Enel staff and especially Ing. Orsucci for the time he has dedicated to us.

If you want to visit the geothermal power plants, let’s check of the “Centrali aperte” days of Enel.

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.



R&D 2017

On Friday, May 12, results of the HGW’s research activities will be presented inside the “Ingegneria R&D” event. We will be available to illustrate and discuss the achieved results, also to do demonstration and didactic.



Welcome back Katerina

Katerina, Geothermal Engineering MS at Clausthal University of Technology, after a scholarship from April to July with HGW, joins us again for her master thesis.

Katerina will use her geological skills for study the geothermal potential of Pontina Plain.


Katerina&Lucia scholarship

whatsapp-image-2016-10-07-at-12-54-35-pmKaterina and Lucia, Geothermal Engineering Master students at Clausthal University of Technology, join to the HGW for a three months of scholarship. They have carried out a pre-feasibility study for a geothermal power plant for a industrial building. This work is part of a research project which has the target of development and test of new control systems for geothermal plants.