Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time Metric


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was tasked with developing a metric in 2012 to measure the impacts of RD&D funding on the cost and time required for geothermal 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.

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DOE Project Name: Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time Metric
DOE Project Number: FY12 AOP 2.2
DOE Project Lead: Arlene Anderson
Last Updated: over a year ago
Data from January, 2013
Submitted Apr 3, 2013


National Renewable Energy Laboratory


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Scott Jenne
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Katherine Young
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Hilgigunnur Thorsteinsson
National Renewable Energy Laboratory


geothermal, exploration, cost, time, tool, risk, metric, exploraton


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