Roy Baria - Technical Director
Roy is the pre-eminent geophysicist in the development and management of hot dry rock geothermal projects with over 30 years’ experience. He is Technical Director, and founder shareholder, of EGS Energy Limited.
For 14 years from 1976 he was a key researcher and ultimately Deputy Project Director at the Rosemanowes geothermal project in Cornwall. At Rosemanowes Roy was involved in project management, resource assessment, seismic monitoring of hydraulic stimulations (which he pioneered) high temperature instrumentation, and cross-hole and vertical seismic profile surveys.
In 1990, Roy joined the European EGS geothermal programme at Soultz-sous-Forêts, France as Chief Scientist and project coordinator, a role he held until 2005. Over that period, the project drilled and hydraulically stimulated a number of deep (5,000m) hot (200°C) wells, and established underground circulation. These are critical steps in the development of EGS power projects, and Roy’s experience and skills are central to the Company.
Roy is Task Leader for the “Enhanced Geothermal Systems” Annex of the International Energy Agency and has represented the IEA-GIA on EGS technology at meetings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Roy was appointed as one of a 12-member International Geothermal Association (IGA)/UN Working Group on 15 January 2015, that will produce a standard global classification scheme for geothermal energy consistent with the UNFC-2009 framework. The task of the Working Group is to develop the geothermal specifications as a ‘manual’. That is, a combination of rules of application and non-mandatory guidelines/examples; an approach that aims at maximizing the usability and adoption of the documents.