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A 3D-3C Reflection Seismic Survey and Data Integration to Identify the Seismic Response of Fractures and Permeable Zones Over a Known Geothermal Resource at Soda Lake, Churchill Co., NV Geothermal Project +Apply three-dimensional/three-component (3D-3C) reflection seismic technology to define transmissive geothermal structures at the Soda Lake Geothermal area, Churchill County, NV.
A Demonstration System for Capturing Geothermal Energy from Mine Waters beneath Butte, MT Geothermal Project +Install a heat-pump system in Montana Tech’s new Natural Resources Building that will (a) provide efficient, geothermally based, climate control for the building, and (b) demonstrate the efficacy of using mine waters for heat pump systems. At a minimum, the system capacity will be in the 50- to 100-ton range, but could be larger if economics warrant.
A Geothermal District-Heating System and Alternative Energy Research Park on the NM Tech Campus Geothermal Project +Design and implement a new district heating system for New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology's campus.
A new analytic-adaptive model for EGS assessment, development and management support Geothermal Project +Develop and apply: (1) a Geologic Heat Exchanger (GHE) model, (2) a life-cycle model, and (3) a total system model. The GHE model will be adaptable and tunable for a hypothetical fracture system of an EGS for the kernel solution of the coupled THMC processes for any EGS design. The life-cycle model of the THMC processes will serve for adapting and tuning the GHE with dynamic response characteristics of the chemical and thermal-mechanical stress-strain reactions from the rock. The total system model will be used in final, integrated model tests; studying design variations for proving the main hypothesis that heat extraction from a given EGS fracture system can be enhanced; and in an industrial application at a new EGS site developed by ORMAT.
Advanced Seismic data Analysis Program (The “Hot Pot Project”) Geothermal Project +Improve geothermal well target selection and reduce drilling risk through the application of an innovative and advanced analytical method for interpreting seismic data to locate deep geothermal structures.
Advancing Reactive Tracer Methods for Measuring Thermal Evolution in CO2- and Water-Based Geothermal Reservoirs Geothermal Lab Call Project +Provide a cost-effective means of monitoring the thermal evolution of EGS reservoirs, via periodic testing with suites of reactive and conservative tracers.
Air-Cooled Condensers in Next-Generation Conversion Systems Geothermal Lab Call Project +Identify and recommend methods to mitigate the disadvantages of air-cooling in the power cycles of the next generation of geothermal power plants.
Alum Innovative Exploration Project Geothermal Project +-Reduce the high level of risk during the early stages of geothermal project development by conducting a multi-faceted and innovative exploration and drilling program at Alum -Determine the combination of techniques that are most useful and cost-effective in identifying the geothermal resource through a detailed, post-project evaluation of the exploration and drilling program The scope of this three phase project includes tasks to validate a variety of innovative exploration and drilling technologies which aim to accurately characterize the geothermal site and thereby reduce project risk.
An Integrated Experimental and Numerical Study: Developing a Reaction Transport Model that Couples Chemical Reactions of Mineral Dissolution/Precipitation with Spatial and Temporal Flow Variations in CO2/Brine/Rock Systems Geothermal Project +Modify a numerical simulator (TOUGH2) to allow coupling of experimentally observed chemical interactions between supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) and enhanced geothermal system (EGS) reservoir rocks with spatial and temporal variations in pore/fracture geometries and in associated permeability and flow fields.
Analysis & Tools to Spur Increased Deployment of “ Waste Heat” Rejection/Recycling Hybrid GHP Systems in Hot, Arid or Semiarid Climates Like Texas Geothermal Project +This project’s principal objective is the development of the analysis, modeling and decision–support tools to enable the selection, design and specification of supplementary heat rejection (SHR) systems/devices that, when added to conventional ground–source or ground–coupled heat pump (GHP) systems, make the resulting hybrid GHP system technically and economically viable in hot, arid or semiarid climates typical of the southwestern and western United States.
Analysis of Energy, Environmental and Life Cycle Cost Reduction Potential of Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) in Hot and Humid Climate Geothermal Project +Provide a sound conclusion as whether or not ground source heat pumps/hybrid grounds source heat pumps (GSHP/HGSHP) will be a vital solution as one of energy efficiency building solutions and towards zero-energy buildings.
Analysis of Low-Temperature Utilization of Geothermal Resources Geothermal Project +- 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. <br />- Perform process optimizations and economic analyses of processes that can utilize low-temperature geothermal fluids. These processes will include electricity generation using biomass, electricity and heat co-generation using biomass and district heating systems. <br />- Scale up and generalize the results of three case study locations to develop a regionalized model of the utilization of low-temperature geothermal resources. This model will be implemented into existing energy assessment models such as SEDS, MARKAL, and NEMS to assess market penetration potential.
Application of 2D VSP Imaging Technology to the Targeting of Exploration and Production Wells in a Basin and Range Geothermal System Humboldt House-Rye Patch Geothermal Area Geothermal Project +Presco Energy, LLC, Principal Investigator, and its Project Team propose a “first” for the geothermal industry: the use of a state-of-the-art 2D vertical seismic imaging technology in a geothermal resource area heretofore plagued by high exploratory risk. Seismic imaging technologies have been applied at a number of sites in the Basin and Range, and typically encounter a highly-variable shallow environment in the “Valley Fill”, severely distorting ray paths, complicating velocity models and rendering reflection images unusable.
Application of a New Structural Model and Exploration Technologies to Define a Blind Geothermal System: A Viable Alternative to Grid-Drilling for Geothermal Exploration: McCoy, Churchill County, NV Geothermal Project +To verify a new structural geologic concept related to hosting of a blind geothermal resource at the McCoy geothermal area in the prolific north-central Nevada geothermal province. Such a model has transferability to other geographic locations in the Basin & Range province.
Away from the Range Front: Intra-Basin Geothermal Exploration Geothermal Project +GeoGlobal Energy LLC (GGE) proposes to integrate several well-established rock mechanical technologies from mining, geotechnical, and academic practice but novel to geothermal exploration, to locate blind geothermal resource upflow along faults oriented for permeability away from the range front.


BSU GHP District Heating and Cooling System (PHASE I) Geothermal Project +Complete Phase I of the project which will accomplish 50% of the overall objective by shutting down two of four coal fired boilers and use a GHP system to heat and cool campus buildings.
Base Technologies and Tools for Supercritical Reservoirs Geothermal Lab Call Project +Develop robust downhole tools that can operate in supercritical environments.
Baseline System Costs for 50.0 MW Enhanced Geothermal System -- A Function of: Working Fluid, Technology, and Location Geothermal Project +Develop a baseline cost model, and then exercise that model to assess variations in working fluid, top side equipment and construction / drilling technology, and location characteristics.
Beowawe Bottoming Binary Project Geothermal Project +Demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of electricity generation from nonconventional geothermal resources of 205°F using the first commercial use of a cycle at a geothermal power plant inlet temperature of less than 300°F.
Black Warrior: Sub-soil Gas and Fluid Inclusion Exploration and Slim Well Drilling Geothermal Project +Apply highly detailed, precise, low cost subsoil and down-hole gas geochemistry methods from the oil and gas industry to identify up flow zone drilling targets in a blind geothermal prospect at Black Warrior, Churchill and Washoe Counties, Nevada.
Blind Geothermal System Exploration in Active Volcanic Environments; Multi-phase Geophysical and Geochemical Surveys in Overt and Subtle Volcanic Systems, Hawaii and Maui Geothermal Project +- Combine traditional geothermal exploration geophysics (gravity) with non-traditional (heli based aeromagnetics) in order to define the surface and sub-surface structure within the Haleakala Southwest Rift Zone (HSWRZ); the faults of which are the main drilling targets <br />- Demonstrate viability, usefulness and cost-effectiveness of merged gravity-helimagnetics for geothermal exploration <br />- Build a structural model from the merged geophysical datasets that will be used to guide the application of comprehensive surface gas flux, soil temperature, imaging spectroscopy and geochemical surveys in mapping the spatial distribution of geothermal fluid and heat flow as expressed at the surface <br />- Demonstrate usefulness of merged geophysical/geochemical exploration toolkit for siting geothermal wells by application at a known geothermal field (Puna, Hawai’i) and an unknown, ‘blind’ system (Ulupalakua Ranch, Maui) <br />- Determine overall usefulness of the proposed toolkit and whether the techniques contained within it are required or simply desired for greenfields geothermal exploration


CNCC Craig Campus Geothermal Program: 82-well closed loop GHP well field to provide geothermal energy as a common utility for a new community college campus. Geothermal Project +Demonstrate application of closed-loop ground source heat pump technology to provide improved energy efficiency of heating and cooling systems compared to traditional heating and cooling technologies.
Carbonation Mechanism of Reservoir Rock by Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Geothermal Lab Call Project +Elucidate comprehensively the carbonation reaction mechanisms between the supercritical carbon dioxide and reservoir rocks consisting of different mineralogical compositions in aqueous and non-aqueous environments, and to develop chemical modeling of CO2 - reservoir rock interactions.
Cedarville School District Retrofit of Heating and Cooling Systems with Geothermal Heat Pumps and Ground Source Water Loops Geothermal Project +Install and commission state-of-the-art energy efficient heating and cooling systems using Geothermal Heat Pumps with a centralized energy management and control system. Install and commission vertical water loops for energy exchange in the best adjacent areas for geological conditions and minimum environmental impact.
Characterizing Fractures in Geysers Geothermal Field by Micro-seismic Data, Using Soft Computing, Fractals, and Shear Wave Anisotropy Geothermal Project +Develop new methodologies to characterize the northwestern part of the Geysers geothermal reservoir (Sonoma County, California), gaining better knowledge of their porosity, permeability, fracture size, fracture spacing, reservoir discontinuities (leaky barriers) and impermeable boundaries. This will be accomplished by creating a 3-D seismic velocity model of the field using the micro-seismic data, collected under another DOE-funded project. <br />- Exploit the anisotropic and fractal nature of the rocks in order to better understand the fracturing system. <br />- Utilize soft computing to process and analyze the passive seismic data.
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