Appalachian Basin Play Fairway Analysis Analyses and Results


*This submission updates a 2015 submission for the utilization analysis (*
The files document the analysis of utilization potential in support of Phase 1 Low Temperature Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis for the Appalachian Basin. This 2016 submission includes data pertinent to the methods and results of an analysis of the Surface Levelized Cost of Heat (SLCOH) for US Census Bureau 'Places' within the study area. The SLCOHis was calculated using a modification of a program called GEOPHIRES, available at

In addition to calculating SLCOH, this task also identified many industrial sites that may be prospects for use of a geothermal district heating system, based on their size and industry, rather than on the SLCOH. An industry sorted listing and maps of the sites have been plotted as a layer onto different iterations of maps combining the three geologic risk factors (Thermal Quality, Natural Reservoir Quality, and Risk of Seismicity). In addition, a shapefile of the industrial sites is also included with 7 associated files. Supporting files are also supplied.

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DOE Project Name: Low Temperature Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis for the Appalachian Basin
DOE Project Number: EE0006726
DOE Project Lead: Holly Thomas
DOI: 10.15121/1495425
Last Updated: 24 days ago
Data from July, 2016
Submitted Dec 9, 2016


Cornell University



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Teresa E.
Cornell University


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