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Optimising access to deep geothermal resources: the first results of DeepU project


In 2022, the University of Padua announced the launch of the DeepU project aimed at developing an innovative drilling technology to overcome many geothermal energy production limits.

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Seminar - New horizons in shale sedimentology - How experimental advances allow a new look at the rock record

Speaker: Juergen Schieber, Indiana State University (USA), Department of Geological Sciences I Tuesday 16 May 2023 – 4.30 PM | Arduino Classroom


Mud is the main substrate for the microbial biomass of Earth, and as such is intricately woven in with biogeochemical cycles that exert control on the composition of atmosphere and ocean. For petroleum systems, mudstones are essential as source rocks and seals, and more recently also as unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs. In contemporary petroleum geology mudstones are a key resource that we need to be able to read accurately if we are to make correct predictions about the economic viability of hydrocarbon production in sedimentary basins. The first step towards that goal is to abandon long held notions about mud accumulation and embracing new emerging paradigms about energetic and dynamic mud transport and depositional processes. Experimental studies are the key towards that end, and they will be the focus of this presentation. We will examine key experimental studies, their functional premises and experimental outcomes, and what we learn from them about how mudstones may have formed in the past.

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Venice Lagoon. The salt marshes and their network of channels and meanders


In the new episode of the mini-series dedicated to the Venice Lagoon, we’ll be finding out more about the channels and meanders with Prof. Massimiliano Ghinassi and Dr. Alvise Finotello

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Seminar - Securing critical raw materials for the twin green and digital transition

Speaker: Dr. Fabio Ferri, EIT RawMaterials CLC South, c/o Talent Garden, Roma I Tuesday 9 May – 4:30 PM | Arduino classroom

Dal 09.05.2023 al 05.10.2023

The energy production and the mobility sector will completely transform in the next decade. In Europe, additional push is expected by the REPowerEU plan and the 2035 combustion engine ban. Therefore, a huge increase in the demand for base metals, battery materials, rare earths used by local manufacturers of batteries and clean tech is foreseen. The EU has classified some materials as critical due to their strategic relevance for local industries and the potential risk of supply chain shortages.

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Seminar - "Towards Resilient Infrastructure”: A Clay Recipe for Treatment of Expansive Soils in Construction

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Mwiti Marangu, Meru University of Science and Technology (Kenya) - Tuesday 2 May 2023 – 4,30 PM | Arduino Classroom


The most common practice in stabilization of expansive soils during construction is the addition of Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC). However, OPC remains unaffordable in most developing countries, and its production also contributes about 6-8 % of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions that are responsible for global warming and climate change. There is need for green solutions. The presentation will highlight the key aspects of a clay recipe for treatment of expansive clay soils in construction with a view to promote resilient infrastructure in the built environment.

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