Federal Geothermal Research Program Update - Fiscal Year 2004

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Report: Federal Geothermal Research Program Update - Fiscal Year 2004

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessors have conducted research and development (R&D) in geothermal energy since 1971. The Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) works in partnership with industry to establish geothermal energy as an economically competitive contributor to the U.S. energy supply. Geothermal energy production, a $1.5 billion a year industry, generates electricity or provides heat for direct use applications. The technologies developed by the Geothermal Technologies Program will provide the Nation with new sources of electricity that are highly reliable and cost competitive and do not add to America's air pollution or the emission of greenhouse gases. Geothermal electricity generation is not subject to fuel price volatility and supply disruptions from changes in global energy markets. Geothermal energy systems use a domestic and renewable source of energy. The Geothermal Technologies Program develops innovative technologies to find, access, and use the Nation's geothermal resources. These efforts include emphasis on Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) with continued R&D on geophysical and geochemical exploration technologies, improved drilling systems, and more efficient heat exchangers and condensers. The Geothermal Technologies Program is balanced between short-term goals of greater interest to industry, and long-term goals of importance to national energy interests. The program's research and development activities are expected to increase the number of new domestic geothermal fields, increase the success rate of geothermal well drilling, and reduce the costs of constructing and operating geothermal power plants. These improvements will increase the quantity of economically viable geothermal resources, leading in turn to an increased number of geothermal power facilities serving more energy demand. These new geothermal projects will take advantage of geothermal resources in locations where development is not currently possible or

Patrick Laney

Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Bechtel BWXT

Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection, 2005

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Patrick Laney (Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Bechtel BWXT). 2005. Federal Geothermal Research Program Update - Fiscal Year 2004. Idaho Falls, Idaho: Geothermal Technologies Legacy Collection. Report No.: EXT-05-02580.

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Activities (92)

Areas (27)
  1. Buffalo Valley Hot Springs Area

  2. Central Nevada Seismic Zone Geothermal Region

  3. International Geothermal Area Indonesia

  4. Northern Basin and Range Geothermal Region

  5. Northwest Basin and Range Geothermal Region

  6. U.S. West Region

  7. Walker-Lane Transition Zone Geothermal Region

  8. Desert Peak Area

  9. International Geothermal Area Philippines

  10. Dixie Valley Geothermal Area

  11. Stillwater Area

  12. Unspecified

  13. Brady Hot Springs Area

  14. Long Valley Caldera Geothermal Area

  15. Dixie Valley Geothermal Field Area

  16. Kilauea East Rift Geothermal Area

  17. Kilauea Southwest Rift And South Flank Area

  18. Coso Geothermal Area

  19. Geysers Area

  20. Yellowstone Caldera Geothermal Region

  21. Cove Fort Geothermal Area

  22. Silver Peak Area

  23. The Needles Area

  24. Hot Sulphur Springs Area

  25. Rye Patch Area

  26. Fort Bidwell Area

  27. Railroad Valley Area
Regions (0)