U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Geothermal Technologies Office

Draft Needs Assessment for Innovative Exploration Technologies Released

February 4, 2011

The Innovative Exploration Technologies (IET) Subprogram sponsored a technology planning workshop on October 28, 2010, in Sacramento, California. The workshop brought together a diverse group of experts from industry, academia, and government. IET solicited input from participants to identify technology needs and potential advances for the subprogram to pursue. Input received will be used to guide the strategy for leveraging resources to advance geothermal exploration tools.

The Draft Technology Needs Assessment PDF is a critical component of ongoing technology roadmapping work that will be used to focus future IET efforts to spur the U.S. geothermal industry to seek green field resources by lowering exploration risks and costs through research, development and demonstration.

The Geothermal Technologies Program encourages all stakeholders to review the document and comment on the barriers, challenges and technology needs identified in the assessment. Are there any critical gaps in the assessment and/or is a technology need that is identified already being addressed?

Stakeholder participation and feedback are very important elements in the roadmapping process to ensure that all critical technology advancement needs are identified.

The comment period will close on March 11, 2011.