Past, Present and Future of Fossil Fuels

Stanford Center for Professional Development

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About the course

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

Topics Include

  • How is coal, oil, and natural gas used in modern society
  • Projected growth in global energy demand
  • The environmental impacts of fossil fuel development and use
  • How will it be possible to improve production from unconventional reservoirs
  • The need to decarbonize the energy systems
  • Conventional and unconventional gas resources

This course is approximately 4 hours of video content with 1 hour of coursework.

Experts

Mark Zoback

Mark Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics and the Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative at Stanford University. He co-directs SCITS Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity (SCITS) and the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS). Dr. Zoback conducts resea...

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