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National Geothermal Database

Funding: $5 million

Open Date: 09/29/2008

Close Date: 01/29/2009

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-PS36-08GO98020

Summary:

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program is funding the development of a National Geothermal Database that will serve as a central repository for all publically accessible geothermal data. The database will store critical geothermal site attribute information such as temperature at depth, seismicity/microseismicity, fracture maps, drilling data, permeability data, well logs, geophysical surveys; it should be inclusive of all types of geothermal resources such as hydrothermal, geopressured, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, and geothermal fluids coproduced with oil and/or gas; and it should also use information from existing USGS geothermal resource assessments and DOE funded R&D projects. The database will be made available to the public and serve to focus geothermal exploration activities, thereby mitigating investment risks. DOE foresees a minimum of five phases:

  • Phase I – Data Collection Plan and Database Proof of Concept
  • Phase II – Database Prototype
  • Phase III – Working Database Establishment
  • Phase IV – Database Operation and Maintenance

Last updated: 09/07/2012

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.