Clean Technology 2009
renewable energy


geothermal pictures

Symposium Co-Chairs

Michael Gurin Michael Gurin
reXorce Thermionics, Inc.
Richard J. Erdlac Richard J. Erdlac, Jr.
Consulting Geoscientist

Confirmed Invited Speaker

George S. Nitschke George S. Nitschke
Good Earth Mechanics, LLC
Josh Nordquist Josh Nordquist
Manager of Sales, Geothermal Development, Ormat Technologies


Geothermal: The energy that powers a planet...the energy to power a nation! Heat energy within the ground is a 24/7 resource for electrical power generation with a capacity factor of 95% and above. This energy is produced where it is close to the surface of the earth and it can be produced from old oil and gas wells drilled deep into sedimentary basins, where temperatures have melted drilling tools. Geothermal energy can also heat and cool your home through ground source heat pumps. And this heat can be used in aquiculture, nurseries, food dehydration, cement curing, and numerous other industries where low to moderate temperatures are needed in various industrial processes. This symposium is open to the use of geothermal energy in all of its applications. Geothermal is…The Energy Under Our Feet!

*If interested in organizing a specific business panel or symposium, please contact Regina Ramazzini .

Topics & Application Areas

  • Exploration
  • Drilling
  • Heat Pumps
  • Geological Structures
  • Ocean Thermal
  • Building Integration
  • Grid Integration
  • Other

Symposium Sessions


Monday May 4

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect
4:00 Geothermal - State of the Industry

Tuesday May 5

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect
11:00 Geothermal

Wednesday May 6

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect
8:30 Keynote Panel: The Future of Energy

Thursday May 7


Symposium Program


Monday May 4

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Matthew Laudon, NSTI and Patti Glaza, CTSI
8:00 The Nanotech Revolution in Renewable Energy
D. Arvizu - Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), U.S. Department of Energy, US (bio)
8:30 Nanotechnology and the Obama Administration
T. Kalil, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, US
9:00 Innovation for a Secure Future
R. Johnson - CTO, Lockheed Martin, US (bio)
9:30 The Next Big Thing is Really Small
R.J. Kumpf - CAO, Bayer Material Science, US (bio)
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4:00 Geothermal - State of the IndustryRoom 350 AB
 Session chair: Richard Erdlac, Erdlac Energy Consulting, US
4:00 Expanding Worldwide Geothermal Power Production - The case for geothermal energy from sedimentary basins
R.J. Erdlac Jr., Erdlac Energy Consulting, US (bio)
4:20 Geothermal and Recovered Energy Generation (REG) using ORMAT(r) Energy Converters (OEC)
J. Nordquist, Ormat, US (bio)
4:40 Hybrid Thermodynamic Cycles for Geothermal to Solar Thermal Applications
M. Gurin, reXorce Thermionics, Inc., US (bio)
5:00 Profitably Converting Geopressured-Geothermal Reservoirs into Renewable Energy Systems
G.S. Nitschke, Good Earth Mechanics, US (bio)
5:20 Geothermal Exploration with Visible through Long Wave Infrared Imaging Spectrometers
C. Wright, SpecTIR, US
5:40 Geothermal Power from Dry Wells
E.E. Michaelides, A. Davis, University of Texas at San Antonio, US

Tuesday May 5

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Jeff Moseley, Greater Houston Partnership, Shushana Castle, Clinton Global Initiative Member/Millennium Water Alliance, US
8:00 Welcome TechConnect World to Houston
J. Moseley, Greater Houston Partnership, US
8:15 Can Uncle Sam Cure What Ails Clean Tech?
P. Dickerson, HaynesBoone, former COO Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE, US (bio)
8:45 Welcome to Houston
B. White, City of Houston, Mayor, US (bio)
9:00 Flying into the Future: Continental’s Commitment to the Environment
L. Kellner, Continental Airlines, CEO, US (bio)
9:30 RUSNANO: Driving the Nanotech Industry Growth
A. Chubais, RUSNANO, CEO, RU (bio)
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11:00 GeothermalRoom 350 F
 Session chair: Richard Erdlac, Erdlac Energy Consulting, US
11:00 An Untapped Sustainable Energy Source
G. Thompson, P. Geo, Sierra Geothermal Power Corp, CA
11:20 Applications of Seismic Geophysical Techniques to the Exploration and Development of Geothermal Resources
J. Hild, J. Pfeiffer, S. Hodges, Zapata Inc., US
11:40 Geothermal Exploration with Visible through Long Wave Infrared Imaging Spectrometers
G.J. Scherer, D.N. Riley, W.A. Peppin, D.M. Tratt, C. Wright, K.L. Jones, The Aerospace Corporation, US
12:00 Diamond-Hardfaced TiC/Ti Composite for Submersible Pump Bearings in Geothermal Systems
O.A. Voronov, B.H. Kear, Diamond Materials Inc., US
12:20 Factory vs. Field Construction: Packaged Energy Plant Solutions
H. Dickey, Turbine Air Systems, US
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4:00 POSTERSExpo Hall

Wednesday May 6

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Patti Glaza, CTSI, US
8:00 Energy in the 21st Century: Muir, Patton, and Gandhi
R. James Woolsey, VantagePoint Venture Partners, US (bio)
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8:30 Keynote Panel: The Future of EnergyTheater AB
 Session chair: Patti Glaza, CTSI, US
- D. Beneby, Exelon, President, Exelon Power, US (bio)
- M. Kapner, Austin Energy, US (bio)
- C. Frasier, Shell, VP Americas, US (bio)
- M. Simmons, Simmons & Company, US (bio)
- J. Renaud, GE Ecomagination, US (bio)
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1:30 POSTERSExpo Hall
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