Heat Flow Database Expansion for NGDS Data Development, Collection and Maintenance Geothermal Project

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Last modified on July 22, 2011.

Project Title Heat Flow Database Expansion for 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 In particular the efforts on document and core digitization, the recovery of the BEG geopressure data developed during the approximately $200 million project by DOE in the 1970-1980, the EGS data from the Fenton Hill experiments, and meta-data associated with US thermal mapping are crucial to be performed at this point because they are otherwise in danger of deterioration or complete loss.

Primary benefits will include support for developers of geothermal power plants by decreasing the costs of the resource identification phase and the risks of the exploration phase of developers. The project will rescue important data from deterioration or complete loss and provide a set of tools to be used by other parties to submit data to the NGDS.

State Texas
Objectives Provide high quality information supporting geothermal research and development will be submitted to the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS).
Awardees (Company / Institution) Southern Methodist University

Awardee Website http://smu.edu/geothermal/
Partner 1 Siemens Corporate Research
Partner 2 Geothermal Resource Council
Partner 3 Texas Bureau of Economic Geology








Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000109

DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $5,250,000.00
Awardee Cost Share $0.00
Total Project Cost $5,250,000.00



Principal Investigator(s) David Blackwell, Southern Methodist University
Other Principal Investigators Fabian Moerchen, Siemens Corporate Research

Targets / Milestones In order to facilitate the computational and data management aspects of geothermal data collection, maintenance and submission, Siemens Corporate Research, Inc. (SCR) will provide software, consulting services and a collaboration platform to its partners. This centralized approach to the IT aspect of geothermal data submission streamlines the overall process by avoiding duplicate efforts within disparate groups. The software will be developed according to the standards defined by the NGDS team to provide data and meta-data in the formats and made publically available under an open source license. This enables other people to reuse and complement the tools.


- An expanded and updated version of the SMU Heat Flow database that covers the whole onshore -US and offshore regions on the Gulf of Mexico.
- The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) library with over 36K documents and over 1.3M pages on geothermal research.
- Extensive information on Enhanced Geothermal System research including legacy data files -(Fenton Hill) and the latest developing results of research in the north eastern US.
- Core logs, well logs, and current and legacy geopressure data from the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) covering many states.
- Detailed nationwide data on produced water collected from numerous states’ Oil & Gas agencies and several federal agencies plus relevant geological, spatial, wellbore, injection/disposal, and water well data.





Location of Project Dallas, TX



Impacts Benefits: Support for developers of geothermal power plants by decreasing the costs of the resource identification phase and the risks of the exploration phase of developers; rescue important data from deterioration or complete loss and; provide a set of tools to be used by other parties to submit data to the NGDS.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]

References

  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs