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Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time

The Department of Energy's Geothermal Technology Office (GTO) provides RD&D funding for geothermal exploration technologies with the goal of lowering the risks and costs of geothermal development and exploration. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was tasked with developing a metric in 2012 to measure the impacts of this RD&D funding on the cost and time required for exploration activities. The development of this cost and time metric included collecting cost and time data for exploration techniques, creating a baseline suite of exploration techniques to which future exploration cost and time improvements can be compared, and developing an online tool for graphically showing potential project impacts (all available at Geothermal). This paper describes the methodology used to define the baseline exploration suite of techniques (baseline), as well as the approach that was used to create the cost and time data set that populates the baseline. The resulting product, an online tool for measuring impact, and the aggregated cost and time data are available on the Open Energy Information website (OpenEI, for public access.
- Published 01/01/2013 by US National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL.
- Originated 04/05/2016 by National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

2 Resources

 NameSizeTypeResource Description
 Geothermal Exploration Cost and TimewebsiteOn-line tool for determining generic cost and time estimates for Geothermal Exploration techniques. DOI 10.15121/1148836
 BibliographywebsiteResource bibliography on SciTech Connect DOI 10.15121/1148836


Cost Time Exploration Geophysics Geochemistry Drilling Remote Sensing Geothermal Energy NREL baseline impact on line tool renewable energy RE analysis


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Cite this dataset:

Jenne, Scott (2014): Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

About this dataset

id 8
DOI 10.15121/1148836
status Publicly accessible
last updated soon

DOE Project

GO28308 Unknown

Research Areas

  • Energy Analysis
  • Geothermal Energy

Additional Subjects

  • Instrumentation
  • Knowledge Management

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