DOE, USGS, CoreWall Data Contributions to NGDS Data Development, Collection and Maintenance Geothermal Project

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Project Title DOE, USGS, CoreWall Data Contributions to NGDS Data Development, Collection and Maintenance
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act: Geothermal Technologies Program
Project Type / Topic 2 Geothermal Data Development, Collection, and Maintenance

Project Description Significant growth in the geothermal industry contribution to the national energy portfolio requires reducing the risks and cost of defining resources, characterizing new classes of larger energy resources, optimizing management and expansion of exploited geothermal fields, and ensuring a path for technology growth into the future, in particular providing the science and engineering basis for conventional and enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). But all of this is predicated on an enhanced knowledge, and knowledge requires accessible data. Data are the underpinnings of science and engineering, the basis for investment decisions, and they are crucial for land and natural resource management. However, industry, science, and nation have not done an adequate job of capturing and providing these scientific data to users (researchers, industry, state and federal agencies, and the public). "National Geothermal Data System" (NGDS) is designed as a system for data acquisition, management and maintenance and provides for access to distributed data by a wide variety of users, including federal and state agencies, other databases, researchers, decision makers, the public, educational institutions, and the geothermal industry and financial institutions.

In order to develop a comprehensive data system, the NGDS must be able to manage, and provide access to various data types, and data from multiple sources. Boise State University is responsible for NGDS design, testing and management. This additional award to BSU will facilitate the preservation of DOE, USGS and CoreWall new project and legacy data.

State Idaho
Objectives - Digitize, organize and upload data from DOE-funded geothermal demonstration projects;


- Digitize, organize and upload US Geological Survey legacy data and data associated with the Recovery Act funded Geothermal Resource Assessment and Classification;
- Integrate CoreWall Data into the NGDS;
- Increase the capacity of the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) to accommodate new data and legacy data.

Awardees (Company / Institution) Boise State University

Awardee Website http://earth.boisestate.edu/











Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000109

DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $1,550,000.00
Awardee Cost Share $0.00
Total Project Cost $1,550,000.00



Principal Investigator(s) Walter S. Snyder


Targets / Milestones - Digitize, organize and upload data from DOE-funded geothermal demonstration projects;


- Digitize, organize and upload US Geological Survey legacy data and data associated with the DOE funded Geothermal Resource Assessment and Classification;
- Integrate CoreWall Data into the NGDS.





Location of Project Boise, ID
43.6135002°, -116.2034505°



Impacts Benefits: Facilitate geothermal resource characterization and development efforts; integrate USGS geothermal classification scale and resource characterization into the NGDS allowing greater data sharing with the public and industry.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]

References

  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs