EGS Participant Bio: Trenton Cladouhos
Trenton Cladouhos is the Senior Vice President of Research and Development at AltaRock Energy and manages most of the geologic and geophysical aspects of the Newberry Volcano EGS Demonstration.
What exactly does his job entail?
Trenton regularly works with experts in the field to collect and interpret the data we use to design and monitor the stimulation. He was the primary author on the Induced Seismicity Mitigation Plan, and he is quite involved with sharing information with the geothermal community and with the public.
“In many ways, from permitting to equipment selection to modeling, we are writing the how-to book on EGS,” said Trenton. “Sharing that knowledge with the geothermal community and the public is very rewarding, because almost everyone wants us to succeed, making it possible to greatly expand geothermal energy and make us less reliant on fossil fuels.”
What’s On Trenton’s Resume?
Trenton holds a B.Sc. degree in Geology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University. He’s worked on projects around the world, ranging form mining to enhanced oil and gas recovery to nuclear waste repository design and now to geothermal energy.
Fractured Rock + Biking To Work
Trenton describes his specialty as “mechanics and fluid flow in fractured and faulted rock through field work and modeling.”
So in 2008 when he was looking to get back into geology, he “couldn’t believe my luck that AltaRock, a Seattle-based geothermal company just a 10-minute bike ride from my house, was looking for a geologist who understood mechanics and fluid flow in fractured rocks.”
AltaRock has been quite pleased as well.