Analysis of Low-Temperature Utilization of Geothermal Resources Geothermal Project
Last modified on July 22, 2011.
|Project Title||Analysis of Low-Temperature Utilization of Geothermal Resources|
|Project Type / Topic 1||Recovery Act: Enhanced Geothermal Systems Component Research and Development/Analysis|
|Project Type / Topic 2||Geothermal Analysis|
|Project Description|| In this proposal West Virginia University (WVU) outline a project which will perform an in-depth analysis of the low-temperature geothermal resources that dominate the eastern half of the United States. Full realization of the potential of what might be considered “low-grade” geothermal resources will require the examination many more uses for the heat than traditional electricity generation. To demonstrate that geothermal energy truly has the potential to be a national energy source the project will be designing, assessing, and evaluating innovative uses for geothermal-produced water such as hybrid biomass-geothermal cogeneration of electricity and district heating and efficiency improvements to the use of cellulosic biomass in addition to utilization of geothermal in district heating for community redevelopment projects.
A diverse team of researchers that will evaluate low-temperature geothermal utilization for three different case studies:
These three case studies will be analyzed for the impacts of geothermal energy use in the form of fossil fuel and CO2 offsets, generalized for non-specific sites, and integrated into regional energy analysis models such as SEDS, MARKAL, and NEMS.
|Objectives|| - Perform a techno-economic analysis of the integration and utilization potential of low-temperature geothermal sources. Innovative uses of low-enthalpy geothermal water will be designed and examined for their ability to offset fossil fuels and decrease CO2 emissions.
|Awardees (Company / Institution)||West Virginia University|
|Legal Name of Awardee||West Virginia University Research Corporation|
|Partner 1||National Renewable Energy Laboratory|
|Partner 2||Iowa State University|
|Partner 3||Cornell University|
|Funding Opportunity Announcement||DE-FOA-0000075|
|DOE Funding Level (total award amount)||$1,269,595.00|
|Awardee Cost Share||$332,875.00|
|Total Project Cost||$1,602,470.00|
|Principal Investigator(s)||Brian Anderson, West Virginia University|
|Other Principal Investigators||Chad Augustine, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Terrence Meyer, Iowa State University; Jefferson Tester Cornell University; Song-Charng Kong, Iowa State University; and Robert Brown, Iowa State University.|
|Targets / Milestones|| -Develop innovative methods of using low-temperature geothermal resources to increase the efficiency of other renewable energy processes and illustrate the impacts that geothermal energy can have on the national scale.
-Deliver a resource assessment for low-temperature geothermal energy utilization demonstrating that geothermal energy is truly a nationwide energy resource.
|Location of Project||Morgantown, WV|
|Impacts||This Cornell geothermal analysis looks promising combined with a biomass gasification project. Funded geothermal analysts are being asked to assist the program in developing better supply and techno-economic estimates that can be used in DOE models such as the proposed input to MARKAL.|
|Funding Source||American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009|
|References||EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs|