Ammar Alali

Ammar is a distinguished professional with a PhD in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a B.S. from the University of Houston. Boasting over 15 years of experience in the energy sector, his career spans significant contributions to industry giants such as Saudi Aramco and Virgin Hyperloop. His leadership was pivotal in the founding of Eden GeoPower in 2017, where he serves as President and a Board member, spearheading the company's operations, international engagement and expansion across multiple sectors, including Geothermal, Geological Hydrogen, Mining, and other energy sources.
 
In his extensive career, Ammar has demonstrated unparalleled expertise in leading local and international government affairs, significantly influencing clean energy policies across the U.S. and the MENA region. He has been an invaluable advisory member to various high-profile forums and programs, including the NSF Convergence program, MiSk OSGEY forum, UN SDG program, and notably joined the Saudi2030 Leaders program run by the MiSK Foundation, reflecting his commitment to sustainable energy development.
 
His contributions and thought leadership in geophysics and clean energy have been recognized and featured in multiple prestigious venues, including CNN, NewScientist Journal, Bloomberg, and Yahoo. These accolades complement his impressive roster of awards and recognitions, such as the MiSK Science Fellowship, Leslie & Alan Wong Award, Marathon & Halliburton Award, and membership in the MIT Solve Technical Committee.
 
Ammar's academic prowess is matched by his participation in esteemed management professional programs, including the Jada – Emerging Manager Program, under the guidance of Stanford Business School professor Robert Siegel. As a co-author of more many journal and conference publications and multiple USPTO patent applications, Ammar stands as a visionary leader and innovator in the global pursuit of sustainable energy solutions.
 
Ammar is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a geological hydrogen ARAP-E grant, evidencing his leadership in cutting-edge energy research.

26 novembre 2024 - 09h00 - 10h00
What is happening in Middle East? - Establishing the First Demonstration Site for Stimulated Geological Hydrogen Production in Oman’s Samail Ophiolite Using Electrical Reservoir Stimulation (ERS)
Eden has signed an agreement with the Oman Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) to develop the first international concession for stimulated GeoH2 production in Oman’s Samail Ophiolite. This project will focus on mapping peridotite heterogeneity and assessing GeoH2 resource potential. Key objectives include identifying an optimal location for the concession based on stimulated hydrogen production potential and utilizing Eden’s Electrical Reservoir Stimulation (ERS) technology to experimentally demonstrate over a 10^5× increase in H2 production rates compared to base rates. The project will use techno-economic analysis and reservoir models to validate that field-scale H2 production can achieve costs of less than $1/kg at the wellhead. The Samail Ophiolite, as one of the largest Fe(II)-bearing rock formations accessible at the surface, provides a unique advantage due to low operational costs and fewer regulatory barriers, allowing for expedited project progression. The primary challenge in GeoH2 production is the inherently low reaction rates and limited reaction surface area required for mineralogical transformations. Eden’s ERS technology addresses these challenges by providing mechanical and thermal stimulation to increase rock reaction surface area and formation temperatures. ERS can enhance H2 reaction rates by over five orders of magnitude above base rates through controlled high-power electrical treatment. The project will be executed in several phases. Initially, a comprehensive desktop study will evaluate existing geological and hydrogeological data, incorporating magnetotelluric surveys to map subsurface conductivity structures, followed by field mapping and sample collection. Next, geologic surveying and coring will be conducted to gather detailed subsurface data, involving drilling operations to obtain rock core samples up to 1000 meters deep. These samples will be analyzed for their petrophysical characteristics, mineralogy, and hydrogen generation potential. Concurrent hydrogeologic assessments will measure groundwater chemistry and dissolved gas composition to establish baseline conditions and identify suitable sites for water injection and hydrogen recovery. In the subsequent phase, ERS technology will be piloted within selected wells to experimentally demonstrate increased hydrogen production rates and to optimize stimulation parameters. This phase will involve drilling a total of three wells, each 1 km deep, including one monitoring well, and will integrate electrical resistivity surveys to enhance the understanding of subsurface properties. The ERS technology works by applying high-voltage electrical pulses to the subsurface, creating micro-fractures in the rock and increasing the surface area available for water-rock reactions. This stimulation not only enhances permeability but also raises the formation temperature, accelerating the hydrogen production process. Laboratory experiments have shown that ERS can sustain these enhanced conditions over extended periods, making it a promising technique for continuous hydrogen generation. Environmental assessments will ensure sustainability and adherence to regulatory standards, evaluating potential impacts on air and water quality, biodiversity, and local communities. The successful demonstration of the ERS technology at this site aims to validate the method and demonstrate that stimulated GeoH2 production can be a viable and cost-effective source of hydrogen. The establishment of this demonstration site in Oman’s Samail Ophiolite represents a pioneering effort in GeoH2 research, with significant scientific and environmental implications, potentially positioning Oman at the forefront of the global hydrogen economy.
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Eden has signed an agreement with the Oman Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) to develop the first international concession for stimulated GeoH2 production in Oman’s Samail Ophiolite. This project will focus on mapping peridotite heterogeneity and assessing GeoH2 resource potential. Key objectives include identifying an optimal location for the concession based on stimulated hydrogen production potential and utilizing Eden’s Electrical Reservoir Stimulation (ERS) technology to experimentally demonstrate over a 10^5× increase in H2 production rates compared to base rates. The project will use techno-economic analysis and reservoir models to validate that field-scale H2 production can achieve costs of less than $1/kg at the wellhead. The Samail Ophiolite, as one of the largest Fe(II)-bearing rock formations accessible at the surface, provides a unique advantage due to low operational costs and fewer regulatory barriers, allowing for expedited project progression. The primary challenge in GeoH2 production is the inherently low reaction rates and limited reaction surface area required for mineralogical transformations. Eden’s ERS technology addresses these challenges by providing mechanical and thermal stimulation to increase rock reaction surface area and formation temperatures. ERS can enhance H2 reaction rates by over five orders of magnitude above base rates through controlled high-power electrical treatment. The project will be executed in several phases. Initially, a comprehensive desktop study will evaluate existing geological and hydrogeological data, incorporating magnetotelluric surveys to map subsurface conductivity structures, followed by field mapping and sample collection. Next, geologic surveying and coring will be conducted to gather detailed subsurface data, involving drilling operations to obtain rock core samples up to 1000 meters deep. These samples will be analyzed for their petrophysical characteristics, mineralogy, and hydrogen generation potential. Concurrent hydrogeologic assessments will measure groundwater chemistry and dissolved gas composition to establish baseline conditions and identify suitable sites for water injection and hydrogen recovery. In the subsequent phase, ERS technology will be piloted within selected wells to experimentally demonstrate increased hydrogen production rates and to optimize stimulation parameters. This phase will involve drilling a total of three wells, each 1 km deep, including one monitoring well, and will integrate electrical resistivity surveys to enhance the understanding of subsurface properties. The ERS technology works by applying high-voltage electrical pulses to the subsurface, creating micro-fractures in the rock and increasing the surface area available for water-rock reactions. This stimulation not only enhances permeability but also raises the formation temperature, accelerating the hydrogen production process. Laboratory experiments have shown that ERS can sustain these enhanced conditions over extended periods, making it a promising technique for continuous hydrogen generation. Environmental assessments will ensure sustainability and adherence to regulatory standards, evaluating potential impacts on air and water quality, biodiversity, and local communities. The successful demonstration of the ERS technology at this site aims to validate the method and demonstrate that stimulated GeoH2 production can be a viable and cost-effective source of hydrogen. The establishment of this demonstration site in Oman’s Samail Ophiolite represents a pioneering effort in GeoH2 research, with significant scientific and environmental implications, potentially positioning Oman at the forefront of the global hydrogen economy.

Ammar Alali

Eden Geopower

President

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