The opportunities for geosynthetics in energy applications are nearly endless. There are huge energy categories, such as oil, natural gas and coal, but geosynthetics also play a role in nuclear energy, hydropower, wind power and solar power, among others. Geosynthetics line storage tanks, support roads to remote sites, line tailings ponds, provide filtration, dewater coal ash, and line freshwater storage ponds and tanks.
In this issue, we will look at the many applications and innovations in the world of geosynthetics and energy. Eric Blond, Pascal Saunier and Patricia I. Dolez investigate “Filtration of Oil Sands Tailing Slurries” at a site in Alberta, Canada. Robert M. and George R. Koerner focus on “Geosynthetic Opportunities and Solutions in Shale Gas Extraction” and “Geosynthetics and Coal Combustion Residuals.” Andrew Mills and Naeem Yassim examine the fabrication process in “Automation of Large-Scale Geotextile and Geomembrane Fabrication.”
Speaking of energy, you certainly can feel it building for the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas, next February. To get a head start, peruse the “Geosynthetics Conference Exhibitor Product Preview” in this issue, with select products featured from 2019 exhibitors, and read about the plenary speakers in Barbara J. Connett’s “Geo19 Watch” column.
Regardless of what kind of energy is produced, geosynthetics often play a role. As energy consumption increases and innovation ensues, from the oil fields of Texas to the wind turbines of the California deserts, geosynthetics will help build our energy infrastructure.