Title: Geothermal Systems, Saline Lake Basins and Mineral Extraction
Speaker: Will Osborn (Geothermal Solutions Inc.)
Abstract: The extraction of lithium and other industrial minerals from geothermal fluids and evaporite deposits is receiving renewed interest due to the growing demand for electric vehicles and storage of renewable energy. A review of hypersaline brine chemistry and previous efforts to extract minerals from geothermal fluid at the Salton Sea geothermal field elucidates a primary impediment to commercial development. A cost-effective, rapid lithium extraction technique is essential, as an alternative to the traditional water-consumptive evaporative concentration method, to spur additional development of the Salton Sea geothermal field and new lithium resources identified in Northern Nevada, and elsewhere around the world.
Bio: Will has thirty-five years of experience in geothermal energy exploration, resource development, plant operations, and implementation of innovative technology, including Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) and mineral extraction. He holds earth science degrees from University of California at Santa Cruz and Riverside. His M.S. thesis work on the geochemistry of the Salton Sea geothermal system revealed the evolution of sulfur and sulfate minerals originating in the overlying saline lake basin. From 2000-2002, he was General Manager of CalEnergy’s zinc extraction facility. More recently, his work has involved lithium extraction from geothermal systems and the saline lake basins of Northern Nevada.
What: Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Meeting
Date: January 9, 2020; 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Location: Tamarack Junction, Reno
Boart Longyear Drilling Services will be sponsoring the bar.
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