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.
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Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time 0 KB Website On-line tool for determining generic cost and time estimates for Geothermal Exploration techniques. DOI 10.15121/1148836
Bibliography 0 KB Website Resource bibliography on SciTech Connect DOI 10.15121/1148836
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Scott Jenne, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Jenne, Scott (2014): Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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DOE Project
Funding Organization
Department of Energy (DOE)
Sponsoring Organization
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (EE-4G)
Research Areas
Energy Analysis
Geothermal Energy
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