Speaker Bio & Abstract

Dr. Mahesh Thakur Assistant Professor
Centre of Advanced study in Geology
Panjab University

BiographyDr. Mahesh Thakur is Assistant Professor at Centre of Advanced Study in Geology at Panjab University Chandigarh, India. He did Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA in 2010 and worked as a Post-Doctorate fellow in Geothermal Lab at Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University, USA. He did his research work in Dixie Valley USA and studied heat-flow of that area. Dr. Thakur has 10 years research experience in geothermal energy and has worked as a Research Scientist, Centre of Excellence for Geothermal Energy, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Also played important role for geothermal exploration activities in Gujarat. Currently, he is working to identity active faults and geothermal exploration activities in NW Himalayas. Abstract Geothermal Development in IndiaGeothermal exploration has been conducted from for more than four decades in India but no success is achieved in tapping this 10,600 Mw available energy resource. The main reason for almost no development of geothermal resource in India is lack of vision, proper policy planning and sincere efforts. Funding from government and private sector needs to bring geothermal community in India together in order to demonstrate a successful geothermal power plant project. It is need of the hour that policy makers may attention to geothermal energy development in India as has been the case for solar and wind energy. Geothermal energy is efficient, reliable and clean source of energy essential to economic growth and reducing carbon footprint. Promising areas are identified in Himalayan area, Puga, Manikaran, Chhumatang, Beas and Satlej field, Chamoli; Dholera and Unai in Gujarat. It must be ensured that effective policies and funding opportunity should be provided to lead the way for clean geothermal energy. We propose setting up a geothermal energy centre at Panjab University, Chandigarh with state of the art equipments for development of geothermal resources in India. This centre will create a heat flow database by measuring the geothermal gradient in Earths crust. Heat flow data sharing should be encouraged by the oil and gas companies, for proper mapping of heat flow anomalies and development of geothermal resources. Once heat flow database is generated for India it will be useful for many studies like geothermal, earthquakes cut off depth. The approach to geothermal energy resource will take a policy shift in India from being no development to full development of the resource.