Update to Enhanced Geothermal System Resource Potential Estimate: Preprint

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Abstract

The deep EGS electricity generation resource potential estimate maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was updated using the most recent temperature-at-depth maps available from the Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory. The previous study dates back to 2011 and was developed using the original temperature-at-depth maps showcased in the 2006 MIT Future of Geothermal Energy report. The methodology used to update the deep EGS resource potential is the same as in the previous study and is summarized in the paper. The updated deep EGS resource potential estimate was calculated for depths between 3 and 7 km and is binned in 25 degrees C increments. The updated deep EGS electricity generation resource potential estimate is 4,349 GWe. A comparison of the estimates from the previous and updated studies shows a net increase of 117 GWe in the 3-7 km depth range, due mainly to increases in the underlying temperature-at-depth estimates from the updated maps.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2016
Event40th GRC Annual Meeting - Sacramento, California
Duration: 23 Oct 201626 Oct 2016

Conference

Conference40th GRC Annual Meeting
CitySacramento, California
Period23/10/1626/10/16

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-66428

Keywords

  • EGS
  • enhanced geothermal systems
  • resource potential
  • supply curve
  • temperature-at-depth maps

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