Category: Seminars and Conferences
State: Archived
Friday, June 28th 2024,


10 am - Politecnico di Torino, DIATI Entrance 3, classroom Bibolini

Abstract: The primary objective of the IGCP636 project is to promote the use of geothermal resources through the creation of an international scientific network. The three main objectives of this project are 1) to increase knowledge and understanding of deep geothermal reservoirs for power generation; 2) to conduct outreach activities and create audiovisual works for local communities to help improve perceptions of geothermal energy; and 3) to promote the installation of geothermal heat pumps for heating and cooling purposes.

The activities conducted involve academic and research institutions in various countries, spread across the 5 continents. In addition to the annual group workshop, webinars are being organized since 2022, through the online program Geotheroom. In these online talks, ongoing research at the involved institutes is described. In all activities, the priority is the participation of students, young researchers, and representatives of developing countries.

In Colombia, the research activities conducted at the Universidad are centered in the characterization of the geothermal system of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, the creation of education and outreach tools, and the analysis of the prefeasibility of geothermal heat pump installations, considering the local climatic and economic conditions.

Speaker's bio: Daniela Blessent graduated from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2004 in Environmental Engineering. During her studies, she spent one year (2002-2003) at the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne (Switzerland). She obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences in 2009, at Université Laval (Quebec, Canada), with focus on hydrogeological numerical modeling of fractured geological media. She then worked as a professor at Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada) from 2010 to 2012. Since 2013, she has been working at the Universidad de Medellin (Colombia) as professor in Environmental Engineering. Her research activities currently benefit from multiple international collaboration. She is currently leading the international project IGCP636 “Geothermal resources for energy transition”, which is part of the UNESCO International Geoscience Programme. She has been president of the Colombian Geothermal Association (AGEOCOL) from 2020 to 2023.