The Advancement Of Geothermal Energy Production Through Improved Exploration Methods

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Conference Proceedings: The Advancement Of Geothermal Energy Production Through Improved Exploration Methods

Abstract
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program invested $98 million in the geothermal exploration industry, and continues to encourage further research, development and demonstration in this field. The continued development of innovative exploration technologies is essential for wide adoption of geothermal resources. In 2008, the United States Geological Survey estimated that there are approximately 30,000 MW of undiscovered hydrothermal resources in the western United States alone. Improvements in exploration technologies are necessary to discover and define these hidden resources and to reduce up-front risk and cost through more accurate and efficient exploration. Currently, the surface and subsurface are characterized through combinations of ground-based and airborne geophysical surveys, geochemical surveys, satellite imaging and drilling. However, to increase geothermal exploration well success rates, development of improved and new exploration techniques is required.

Authors 
H. Thorsteinsson and K. Klein






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H. Thorsteinsson,K. Klein. 2010. The Advancement Of Geothermal Energy Production Through Improved Exploration Methods. Proceedings of (!) ; (!) : .