New Geothermal Exploration and Management Tools

Project Overview
Positive Impact: To accelerate exploration of subsurface energy reserves, the Colorado School of Mines has effectively combined geophysical datasets to create 3-D modeling that targets geothermal resources.
Locations: Colorado
Partners: Colorado School of Mines
EERE Investment: $1.6 million
Clean Energy Sector: Renewable electricity generationPDF

To better isolate potential geothermal resources that lack surface manifestations, EERE partnered with the Colorado School of Mines to advance resource discovery. The university developed a method to comprehensively target geothermal drilling by combining geophysical data sets to generate more complete images of the subsurface and fluid flow within geothermal systems. The Colorado School of Mines is also developing geochemical exploration tools that enable the cost-effective discovery and management of geothermal resources specific to the Great Basin, a watershed that stretches across California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

The Geothermal Technologies Office researches, develops, and validates innovative and cost-competitive technologies and tools to locate, access, and develop geothermal resources in the United States.

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