Validation of Innovative Exploration Technologies at the Colado, Nevada, Geothermal Prospect Geothermal Project

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Project Title Validation of Innovative Exploration Technologies at the Colado, Nevada, Geothermal Prospect
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act: Geothermal Technologies Program
Project Type / Topic 2 Validation of Innovative Exploration Technologies

Project Description In the presently proposed research, the development and validation of a paradigm using innovative exploration technologies for identifying and characterizing hidden geothermal reservoirs with commercial potential should contribute to reducing the high level of risk experienced during the early stages of geothermal electrical power project development. Over the near term, the bulk of the project funds (essentially 100%) will be spent in the U.S., and will help in sustaining at least 5 senior scientist jobs. It will also provide a summer internship to a graduate student (2-3 months in each of the two years); the internship will help prepare the student(s) for a career in the geothermal industry. The project will also create/preserve 24 man-months of employment associated with the drilling program. Vulcan anticipates being able to attract debt and equity financing to build a 60 MW geothermal electrical power plant which will cost approximately $200 million and will require approximately 13 man-years of on-site drilling labor and 60 man-years of direct on-site construction labor and then create 20 permanent full-time jobs related to geothermal electrical power project O&M.
State Nevada
Objectives Develop and validate a paradigm of innovative exploration technologies for identifying and characterizing hidden geothermal reservoirs with commercial potential.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Vulcan Power Company

Awardee Website http://www.vulcanpower.com/











Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000109

DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $3,825,973.00
Awardee Cost Share $4,489,760.00
Total Project Cost $8,315,733.00



Principal Investigator(s) Jim Combs, Vulcan Power Company
Other Principal Investigators Virgil Welch; Ken Bonin; Neil Peterson; and Errol Anderson

Targets / Milestones - Conduct a remote sensing radiation detection survey in combination with surface mapping using aerial photographs to identify structural and thermal anomalies


- Conduct 2-meter thermal surveys to compare with the thermal anomalies identified by shallow and intermediate-depth thermal gradient data
- Contract for data acquisition of standard state-of-the-art geophysical surveys, including self potential (SP), gravity, and magnetotelluric surveys
- Conduct an environmentally benign, lightweight, low impact, 2-D seismic reflection survey to identify subsurface fractures and fault zones
- Drill three 5,000 to 6,500 foot deep core holes and discharge/injection test the core holes to establish geothermal reservoir parameters and estimate the megawatt capacity of the geothermal reservoir.





Location of Project Colado, NV



Impacts A remote sensing technology with potential to reduce overall exploration risk and costs for identifying hidden geothermal systems.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]

References

  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs