Development of Metric for Measuring the Impact of RD&D Funding on GTO's Geothermal Exploration Goals

Katherine Young

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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 explorationactivities. 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, forpublic access.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2013
Event38th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering - Stanford, California
Duration: 11 Feb 201313 Feb 2013


Conference38th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering
CityStanford, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-57476


  • geothermal
  • geothermal exploration
  • RD&D


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