Virtual Event – Geothermal Energy’s Role in an Evolving Carbon Reduction World. Catherine Hickson, Alberta No. 1

September 2021

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SPE Aberdeen Net Zero Committee Presents:

Geothermal Energy’s Role in an Evolving Carbon Reduction World

Catherine Hickson, PhD, P.GEO, CEO of Alberta No. 1 


Dr. Catherine Hickson has been on a purposeful journey all her life with many milestones along the way. She is a geologist who has been fascinated with the physical world since she first became aware there was something beyond her immediate surroundings.  A collector of pebbles as a child, she transformed this interest into scientific leadership and entrepreneurial challenges during the more than forty year of her career.  An agent of environmental change for the planet, she is based in Canada and has a global practice in both high and low temperature geothermal energy developments. She continues her pioneering work as CEO of Alberta No. 1, the Canadian province’s first conventional geothermal power and direct use project.  Hickson’s career in geothermal started with temperature logging with a max-min thermometer and hand winch back in 1981 and she is now plugged into the world of high-tech drilling in Canada’s Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.  During this most recent part of her journey, she has gained a much better understanding of what geothermal needs to do in order to help the world, and Alberta specifically, transition to a lower carbon economy. You can find out more about Catherine from her Wikipedia page or by visiting the Alberta No. 1 website .




Catherine’s talk, will focus on what geothermal energy is all about and how geothermal energy development is different than oil and gas extraction. She will highlight the synergies between the two fields of energy extraction, but also point out the differences and why they are important for development.  She will present a holistic view of conventional geothermal development incorporating extraction (separation) of petroleum and natural gas (PNG), heat extraction (electricity and thermal energy), metallic and industrial minerals (MIM) and as the final step carbon sequestration.

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