In 2010, NREL developed Geothermal Prospector, a web-based geographic information system (GIS) application, to support resource assessment and data exploration for the U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Office. The Geothermal Prospector tool provides the information needed to allow users to determine locations that are favorable to geothermal energy development. This was in response to the recommendation by the Geothermal Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations for DOE to focus efforts on accelerating near-term geothermal growth through exploration.
The Geothermal Prospector tool, an excellent resource for exploration, hosts tools and datasets required to produce and disseminate both the exploration gap analysis and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) planning and analysis.
All data created by NREL and served through the Geothermal Prospector is compatible with the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), which aims to increase the likelihood of success in geothermal development by providing comprehensive data from a wide variety of sources and using standard data provision formats, including the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Feature, Map, and Coverage Services (WFS, WMS, WCS).