Making sure shale gas doesn’t fracture the society-energy relationship

An article about the ShaleXenvironmenT project results has been published on the European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS). The article highlights the main project findings and achievements of ShaleXenvironmenT consortium. Prof. Alberto Striolo, the Coordinator of the project, expects that, “in due time, these contributions will promote progress toward several grand scientific challenges”.

The article also emphasized the fact that, according to the research team, “the public is the ultimate decision-maker with respect to what resources are to be exploited and how they should be exploited”.

To read the full article, please click here.


Advanced Science News features article about Risk Assessment of Induced Seismicity in Subsurface Energy Operations

mining_001Advanced Science News features the recently published article in WIREs Energy and Environment ‘Addressing the risks of induced seismicity in subsurface energy operations‘.

The article reviews a number of induced seismicity case studies that have occurred in the last 15 years and were caused by different industrial activities including sub-surface energy operations.

The authors (Richard T.J. Porter, Alberto StrioloHaroun MahgereftehJoanna Faure Walker) discuss possible causal mechanisms and the public perception and give an outlook to procedures and strategies that could be implemented to help prevent and mitigate future occurrences are highlighted.

Read more:

Advanced Science News: Risk Assessment of Induced Seismicity in Subsurface Energy Operations

WIREs Energy and Environment: Addressing the risks of induced seismicity in subsurface energy operations

Shaleology Forum 2018

The 3rd Edition of the Shaleology Forum gathered around 70 participants from academia, industry and government to present and discuss the state-of-the art of Shale Gas research in Europe. The forum triggered an interesting discussion around shale gas from different perspectives and the future potential of unconventional sources of energy.

Follow the links below to watch the recording of this event.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Shaleology forum 3rd edition!

The 3rd edition of the Shaleology forum is coming to the Geological Society London on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018. A number of speakers from Academia, Industry and Government will present the latest developments in the Shale Gas research, save the date!

To learn more about this event, please consult the draft Agenda  and the List of Speakers.

The Shaleology forum 3 is sponsored by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 640979 and the Deep Carbon Observatory.

You can register here 

UCL Summer Challenge

The 2018 Summer Challenge ‘Engineering Solutions from Nature’ has just been completed. A dozen pupils have been learning about Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering and Earth Sciences during a 5-week programme offered by University College London. The pupils have completed an open-ended research project to propose solutions that tackle current technological challenges using inspiration from Nature and fundamental understanding from the various disciplines listed above. The final meeting was held on Tuesday, July 10th, when the students presented their ideas.

ShaleXenvironmenT Third Annual Meeting


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Between June 10th-12th 2018, the ShaleXenvironmenT consortium gathered in Alicante, Spain for its Final Annual meeting. During the two-day meeting, all the Work Package leaders presented an update on their progress, and External Advisory Board members gave their valuable feedback on each WP. The project will officially terminate on 31st August 2018, and 3 months before the end it looks like significant results have been achieved. The Consortium will meet again in October for a Final Review Meeting to present all the results to the European Commission.

Cuadrilla completes drilling of UK’s first horizontal shale gas well

Cuadrilla revealed on 29th March 2018 that it has successfully completed drilling the UK’s first ever horizontal shale gas well at its exploration site at Preston New Road in Lancashire. The well was drilled through the Lower Bowland shale at a depth of approximately 8,858 feet below ground and extends laterally for around 2,624 feet through the shale gas reservoir.

 Please click here to read the full article.

ShaleXenvironmenT Qatar Dissemination event

On March 18th 2018, Texas A&M at Qatar hosted shale gas experts from Qatar, Europe, the United States and Australia for a daylong symposium to present results of ShaleXenvironmenT project. About 80 people from Qatar’s local industry and academic institutions, as well as SXT representatives attended the symposium. A press release was published on Texas A&M at Qatar and Qatar Foundation websites.

You can consult the presentations using the following links:

The welcome note and the introduction to SXT project were recorded, you can access the videos by clicking on the links below:

Save the Date: ShaleXenvironmenT Qatar Dissemination event


In collaboration with Texas A&M University at Qatar, the ShaleXenvironmenT consortium is organising a public dissemination event in Doha, Qatar. The event will take place on 18th March 2018 and will bring together academics and industry representatives to discuss challenges associated with the shale gas technology. The programme of the event and the list of speakers can be found here.


Shaleology Forum 2017

The new academic year kick-started with the second edition of the Shaleology Forum, hosted by the Geological Society London on 6th October 2017. More than 50 attendees from academia, government and industry joined the event, including approximately 20 students from UCL’s MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources. The forum triggered an interesting discussion around shale gas from different perspectives and the future potential of unconventional sources of energy.

Don’t worry if you missed this year’s forum – you can watch the recordings following the links below!

Morning session Part 1

Morning session Part 2

Morning session Part 3

Afternoon session Part 1

Afternoon session Part 2

Shaleology Forum 2nd edition!

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After a very successful first edition in December 2016, Shaleology Forum comes back to Geological Society London for its second edition! On Friday, 6th October 2017, a number of speakers from Academia, Industry and Government will present the latest developments in the Shale Gas research, save the date!

To learn more about this event, please consult the Agenda and the List of Speakers.

You can register here 

ShaleXenvironmenT Second Annual Meeting

Between June 11th-14th 2017, the ShaleXenvironmenT consortium gathered in Florence, Italy for its Second Annual meeting. On June 12th, the consortium presented project results to the members of International Advisory ant Industry Practitioners boards, as well as to the external reviewers appointed by the European Commission as part of Mid-Term review. 22 months into the project, substantial progress has been achieved since the last annual meeting.

A public dissemination event was organised on June 13th, where colleagues from other shale-related projects were given the opportunity to present their work. International Advisory ant Industry Practitioners board members gathered in the afternoon and produced a detailed report with recommendations that are very valuable for the success of the project.

In parallel to various sessions, students from different research groups participated in poster presentation. Amongst 11 posters presented, the boards selected 3 best posters and awarded their authors: Filippo Sarri, Tai Duc Bui and Johannes Herrmann.

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Shaleology Forum

sxt2A few days before Christmas the ShaleXenvironmenT consortium hosted “Shaleology: Forum on Shale Gas Research”. The event took place on December, 19th at the Geological Society London and was attended by approximately 50 attendees from academia, government and the private sector. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion in the afternoon, which allowed interesting exchanges amongst the participants.

If you missed the event, you can follow the links below to watch the full recording:

Morning Session Part 1

Morning Session Part 2

Afternoon Session Part 1

Afternoon Session Part 2

This forum was the first among a series of events that ShaleXenvironmenT Consortium will be organising, stay tuned for the next one!

Shaleology| Forum on Shale Gas Research

On December, 19th ShaleXenvironmenT consortium will host a public forum at the Geological Society London, aiming at presenting and discussing the state-of-the art of Shale Gas research in Europe. It will involve speakers from Academia, Industry and Government and offer an opportunity for poster presentations, so as to support fact-based and science-backed knowledge-sharing.

To learn more about this event, please consult the Agenda and the List of Speakers .

You can register here 

SXT Presented at ECIS 2016

Last month, the CSGI team presented 3 posters showcasing their work in SXT, at ECIS 2016: the 30th Conference of the European Colloid and interface Society, which took place in Rome, between September 4-9.


Lo Nostro P. “Innovative systems for the control of viscosity of polymer dispersions for shale gas applications” [See PDF]

Tatini D. “Physico-chemical properties of green hydraulic fracturing fluids for European shale gas extraction” [See PDF]

Sarri F. “Rheology of green gelling agents in fracturing fluid formulations for shale gas exploitation” [See PDF]

Summer Challenge: Engineering Solutions from Nature

On July 26th, 10 talented prospective engineers completed the first ShaleXenvironmenT ‘Summer Challenge’. They learned about the UCL departments of Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering, and about the Institute of Making.

They learned about shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, fuel cells, fluorescent algae and catalysts, among other things, and they also saw how chemical engineers contribute to producing pharmaceuticals. Inspired by nature, the 10 students then successfully completed an individual project and presented enthusiastically their refreshing ideas.

We wish these young scientists the best of luck for their future career, and we hope to see them in our classrooms in 2017.

Learn more about the UCL Summer Challenge programme.

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ShaleXenvironmenT’s First Annual Meeting

The ShaleXenvironmenT consortium gathered in Liblice, Czech Republic for its First Annual Meeting between June 19-22, 2016.

10 months into the project,  this meeting was an opportunity for all the researchers working on the project to meet and update each other on their research progress. Moreover, students in the different research groups joined the meeting, and a poster presentation of their work was organised.

It was the first time the Industry Practitioners and the External Advisory Boards (see members here) had a chance to meet, and they fed back valuable advice to the consortium.

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