Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time


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. 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) developed 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).

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DOE Project Name: Geothermal Exploration Cost and Time Metric
DOE Project Number: FY12 AOP 22
DOE Project Lead: Arlene Anderson
DOI: 10.15121/1148836
Last Updated: 9 months ago
Data from February, 2013
Submitted Jun 19, 2013


National Renewable Energy Laboratory



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geothermal, Cost, Time, Exploration, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Drilling, Remote Sensing, economic


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