Pilgrim Hot Springs, Alaska Geothermal Project
Last modified on July 22, 2011.
|Project Title||Pilgrim Hot Springs, Alaska|
|Project Type / Topic 1||Recovery Act: Geothermal Technologies Program|
|Project Type / Topic 2||Validation of Innovative Exploration Technologies|
|Project Description|| A combination of existing and innovative remote sensing and geophysical techniques will be used to site the two confirmation core holes. These include a suite of Landsat, Aster, and FLIR techniques using infrared radiation combined with a CSAMT/AMT resistivity survey, 4.5 m to 150 m temperature gradient holes, and 1980 convective heat loss calculations. These will be used in combination to determine the natural heat loss from the Pilgrim geothermal system and allow an order of magnitude estimate of the resource potential.
As part of this project the University of Alaska is proposing a new and innovative iterative method of digital processing of acquired thermal infrared data adapted from thermal data processing techniques successfully used to identify small and subtle coal mine fires and in volcanology research. This has been successfully attempted for a geothermal system with a discrete surface expression on one prior occasion by the project team. If this technique can be repeatedly shown to be effective at estimating the heat flow to the surface, it will provide a very low cost and fast method of measuring the natural heat loss for certain geothermal systems which can be used as an indication of its maximum possible electrical megawatt output potential.
|Objectives||Utilize remote sensing and ground based geophysical surveys to develop a preliminary conceptual model to site two NQ or HQ sized core holes.|
|Awardees (Company / Institution)||University of Alaska|
|Legal Name of Awardee||University of Alaska Fairbanks|
|Awardee Website|| http://www.alaska.edu/
|Funding Opportunity Announcement||DE-FOA-0000109|
|DOE Funding Level (total award amount)||$4,616,879.00|
|Awardee Cost Share||$1,538,960.00|
|Total Project Cost|| $6,155,839.00
|Principal Investigator(s)||Gwen Holdmann, University of Alaska|
|Other Principal Investigators||Anupma Prakash, University of Alaska and Joanna Mongrain University of Alaska|
|Targets / Milestones|| - Drill holes into a zone of rising thermal water with temperatures between 100 oC and 150 oC that is recharging the shallow 90 o C thermal aquifer at Pilgrim Hot Springs.
|Location of Project|| Pilgrim Hot Springs, AK
|Impacts||Validation that the new application of iterative digital processing of infrared data can effectively be used in geothermal exploration with potential for broad application to areas where heat has been identified but productive well sites have not been found.|
|Funding Source||American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009|
|References||EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs|