Geothermal Academy: Focus Center for Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination Geothermal Project

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Project Title Geothermal Academy: Focus Center for Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act – Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps
Project Type / Topic 2 Topic Area 2: Data Gathering and Analysis
Project Description According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the most urgent action to address barriers to Ground Source Heat Pump (GHP) installation in the built environment and to facilitate rapid growth of the GHP industry is the generation of “independent, statistically valid, hard data on the costs and benefits of GHPs.” In response to this immediate need for independent data, the Geothermal Academy (GA) at the Colorado School of Mines intends to become the hub for the networked community of existing and future geothermal projects and institutional programs.
State Colorado
Objectives Develop a sufficiently robust data collection and analysis framework.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Colorado School of Mines
Awardee Website

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000116
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $245,797.00
Awardee Cost Share $91,080.00
Total Project Cost $336,877.00

Principal Investigator(s) Masami Nakagawa, Colorado School of Mines

Targets / Milestones - Accommodate many different kinds of GHP systems, installation environments, and incentive programs

- Integrate scientific and technical expertise from the socio-economic, energy, and environmental performance of GHP systems into a broader, policy-oriented superstructure. This will provide policymakers with the understanding to make better decisions regarding GHPs as a practical and costeffective renewable energy as well as an energy efficiency technology

The outcomes of the project will be published in the Geothermal Academy Research Report. This Report will contain:

- An integrated data-collection framework and template for use in a wide variety of GHP demonstration projects, with detailed explanations of standards, collection and measurement methodologies and needed equipment, and the relevance for each type of data;
- A conceptual analytical framework to aggregate technical data into policy-level metrics for use by policy-makers and energy policy experts;
- A focused analytical framework for modeling decision-tools. This framework will address the aggregation of technical data into customer-level metrics for use by prospective GHP customers in analyzing system cost and performance to aid in purchase and design decisions.

Location of Project Golden, CO

Impacts Enable policymakers and customers to make better decisions regarding GHPs as a practical and cost effective renewable energy and energy efficiency technology with a new analysis and information clearinghouse. Educational/training opportunity.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs