GEOPHIRES Simulations for Deep Direct Use (DDU) Projects


This folder contains the GEOPHIRES codes and input files for running the base case scenarios for the six deep direct-use (DDU) projects. The six DDU projects took place during 2017-2020 and were funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office. They investigated the potential of geothermal deep direct-use at six locations across the country. The projects were conducted by Cornell University, West Virginia University (WVU), University of Illinois (U of IL), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), Portland State University (PSU), and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Four projects (Cornell, WVU, U of IL, SNL) investigated geothermal for direct heating of a local campus or community, the project by PSU considered seasonal subsurface storage of solar heating, and the NREL project investigated geothermal heating for turbine inlet cooling using absorption chillers.

To allow comparison of techno-economic results across the six DDU projects, GEOPHIRES simulations were set up and conducted for each project. The GEOPHIRES code was modified for each project to simulate the local application and incorporate project-specific assumptions and results such as reservoir production temperature or financing conditions. The base case input file is included which simulates the base case conditions assumed by each project team. The levelized cost of heat (LCOH) is calculated and matches the base case LCOH reported by the project teams.

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DOE Project Name: Deep Direct-Use Technoeconomic Data Analysis, Modeling and Reporting
DOE Project Number: 28966
DOE Project Lead: Arlene Anderson
DOI: 10.15121/1657801
Last Updated: 2 months ago
Data from June, 2020
Submitted Aug 31, 2020




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Koenraad Beckers


geothermal, energy, DDU, GEOPHIRES, Deep Direct Use, LCOH, economics, absorption chiller, subsurface storage, techno-economic, levelized cost of heat, wellbore, experiment, cost, simulation, modeling, reservoir, temperature, technology, absorption, Portland Basin, Illinois Basin, WVU, West Virginia University, West Virginia, Portland, Oregon, Champagne-Urbana, Illinois, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, Cornell, Hawthorne, Nevada, porosity, flow, thermal conductivity, injection test, drilling, well data


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