The presentation will review United States geothermal development over the last forty years. This will cover the first development at The Geysers steam field in the 1960’s through today, on a decade-by-decade basis. The author started working in the geothermal industry in 1985 and has experience with most projects in the United States. The several major development projects and their contribution to the growth in installed generation capacity will be discussed. Current challenges and state of the industry will be reviewed, and future challenges and opportunities presented.
Bio: Dr. Faulder is a Director Reservoir Engineering for Cyrq Energy, a geothermal power producer and is responsible for the company’s six fields in the western US. He has an unconventional career with over 40-years’ experience in both hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoir engineering. During this time, he has worked on many geothermal reservoirs in the United States, as well as reservoir engineer for Rocky Mountain oil fields including Rangely and the DJ Basin horizontal wells. He is a registered Petroleum Engineer in California and Colorado and has degrees in Petroleum Engineering; University of Wyoming in 1981, 1996 and 2008 from Colorado School of Mines. His research interests include geothermal reservoir engineering, unconventional reservoir enhanced oil recovery (two patents), and reservoir modeling. He is a native of Beatrice, Nebraska where he currently resides on the family farm with his son and chihuahua.