It is a period of rapid transformation for the energy world. Global warming, resulting from burning fossil fuels, requires us to decarbonize the entire energy system while sustaining economic growth, reducing the environmental impacts of energy development, conforming to societally acceptable modes of energy production, and respecting the needs of nations for energy security.
This course reviews the historical importance of fossil fuels, current shale gas and tight oil revolutions, and the opportunity for vast quantities of natural gas to play a critical role as a ‘bridge’ fuel toward a low-carbon future.
You Will Learn
Conventional and unconventional gas resources and utilization
Environmental impacts of fossil fuel development and use
Growth projections in global energy demand
Major supplies of oil and gas resources
Production techniques from ultra-low permeability formations
Recovery factors for unconventional reservoirs
Mark Zoback, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University