By EGI in News
April 7th, 2022
Did you know that the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) has been serving the energy industry for 50 years?
In 1972, the University of Utah established the University of Utah Research Institute (UURI) Earth Science Laboratory to explore geothermal energy resource potential. Starting with scientific staff from the Anaconda corporation and Kennecott corporation, the UURI team created a leading research institute dedicated to geothermal energy development with a global reach. About the same time, the University of South Carolina formed the Earth Sciences & Resources Institute (ESRI). ESRI explored the world for petroleum resources using a corporate associates model inviting industry to collaborate with ESRI scientists, and developed an international reputation for teaching and petroleum research excellence. In 1995, ESRI’s petroleum science division and UURI joined together to create EGI at the University of Utah. Over the next 27 years, EGI built on the foundations from its predecessor institutes to assemble one of the largest cost-shared energy research consortia hosted by a university.
The past 50 years have been full of exciting scientific accomplishment and collaboration with partners in industry, academia and government. In that time, more than 170 companies in the energy, minerals and mining industries have been members of EGI’s Corporate Associates program. EGI collaborated with more than 55 other organizations from industry, academia, or governments around the world to advance global energy science across our research emphases. EGI completed over 850 reports with regional or thematic focus through our energy fluids and minerals research program, which are available to members through our proprietary online database EGIconnect, along with 18,000+ other reports, 4,000+ well logs and 350,000+ km of 2D seismic lines. EGI’s reputation in renewable energy and sustainability technology has continued to grow through decades of long-term geothermal energy projects like Utah FORGE and carbon management research like participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s SMART initiative. EGI is advancing the science to find energy through our current research, research services to fit your needs and all of the benefits we offer to our corporate associates.
EGI is recognizing our 50th anniversary milestone throughout the rest of 2022, so watch for other ways EGI will honor its 50th anniversary this year. Current corporate associates are invited to join us in Salt Lake City, Utah for a special event in conjunction with the 2022 Corporate Associates Technical Conference this September. We hope to see you there!