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Great Basin Center For Geothermal Energy



Summary of Activities - 2002

   Lisa Shevenell, Associate Director
         Jim Taranik, Director
      University of Nevada, Reno

 “To become recognized as a center
   of excellence in promoting the
   development and utilization of
geothermal energy as a viable, clean
          energy source“
    Organization of the Great Basin Center for
               Geothermal Energy

   University of Nevada
          Mackay School of Mines
                Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
                Department of Geological Sciences
                Department of Chemical Engineering
                Department of Mechanical Engineering
                Department of Mining Engineering
          College of Engineering
                Department of Mechanical Engineering
          Interdisciplinary Program in Hydrology/Hydrogeology
   Desert Research Institute
          Division of Hydrologic Sciences
                 Ad Hoc Advisory Board
   Dean E. Alford, Converse Consultants, Elko, Nevada
   Gordon Bloomquist, Washington State University
   Sara Boddy, Science Writer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
   Alan Coyner, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals
   Ted Clutter, Executive Director, Geothermal Resources Council
   Curtis Frammel, Department of Energy, Western Regional Office
   Larry Garside, Research Geologist, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
   Karl Gawell, Director, Geothermal Energy Association
   Ed. Hoover, Manager Geothermal Program, Sandia National Laboratory
   Roger Jacobsen, Vice President, Desert Research Institute, UCCSN
   Stuart Johnson, Manager, Caithness Energy
   Carl Linvill, Assistant to the Governor of Nevada for Energy
   John Lund, Director, Geo Heat Center, Oregon
   Jane Long, Dean, Mackay School of Mines, UNR
   Randolph Manion, Western Area Power Administration
   John Miller, Vice President, Calpine
   Steve Munson, Vulcan Power Company
   Robert Neilson, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
   Jon Price, Director, NBMG and State Geologist
   Dan Schochet, Vice President, Ormat International
   John Snow, Manager Geothermal, Division of Minerals
   John Wellinghoff, Attorney, Beckley Singleton
Congressional Recognition of Center

   Initial funding for the Great Basin Center for Geothermal
    Energy was provided by legislation introduced by Senator
    Harry Reid under Title III of the Energy and Water
    Development Appropriation Act of 2002.

   The Act became Public Law 107-66 when signed by
    President George W. Bush on November 12, 2001.

   The Joint House/Senate Conference agreement language
    provides for $29 million for geothermal activities and
    includes, “1,000,000 for the UNR Geothermal Energy
    The FY 02 Congressional Appropriation

   $1 million originally, reduced to $936,000.

   Managed through DOE Idaho Operations Office and
    Idaho National Energy and Environmental Laboratory

   10% for GeoPowering of the West

   10% for Program Management

   80% for Competitively Selected Research Projects in
    Geothermal Resources

Jay Nathwani, Program manager, DOE Idaho
     Operations Office
Joel Renner, Idaho National Engineering and
      Environmental Laboratory

To the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, through the
cooperative grant DE-FG07-02ID14311 administered by DOE, Idaho
Operations Office and the Idaho National Engineering and
Environmental Laboratory.
To  accelerate the acquisition, organization, cataloging, and
linking of critical data and information on the geothermal
resources of the Great Basin.
To  provide rapid and easy access to geothermal data and
information for stakeholders involved in geothermal

To promote the conduct of collaborative geothermal research
between academic organizations and industry to accelerate

To stimulate public awareness of geothermal energy and the
advantages of its use.

   Outreach – Web pages, Workshops

   Research
            Workshop Summary - 2002

   January 11 – Geothermal Opportunities in NV

   January 17 - Collaborative Research Discussions
        (LBNL, LLNL)

   April 18-19 - Introduction to Geothermal Energy
        (w/GRC, DOE, NREL)

   June 12-13 - DOE sponsored Research at Dixie
        Valley (w/DOE, Caithness)
          January 11, 2002 Workshop at UNR
            (Geothermal Opportunities in NV)

1. Leasing, public land policy, permitting and cultural

2. Transmission and access to the grid.

3. Knowledge base, database, technology transfer and
assessment of potential resources.

4. Economic and power purchase issues, tax
incentives, benefit analysis.

5. Panel discussion and summary.
           January 17 - Collaborative Research
   Day-long discussions with informal presentations

   Initiated collaborations between UNR, LLNL
        & LBL

        in geochemical studies and research

        in remote sensing research

   Approximately 20 attendees
     April 18-19 - Introduction to Geothermal

   Cosponsored by GRC, DOE, NREL, GBCGE

  Consisted of 17 presentations and a ½ day field
trip to the Steamboat and Moana geothermal areas

   Approximately 90 attendees
 June 12-13 - DOE sponsored Research at
          Dixie Valley (w/DOE)
Technical presentation were made by 23
speakers, and breakout sessions were held on the
following topics
 Geotectonics/Geologic Setting
 Exploration Technology Applications
 Geochemical Studies
 Reservoir Geology, Structure and Analysis
Written Summaries have been prepared
  Research in Geothermal Resources

Solicited proposals (due 2/15/02) for research on:

(1) Geothermal Resource Exploration,

(2) Geothermal Resource Assessment,

(3) Geothermal Reservoir Management.
   Received 26 proposals totaling $3.5 million from
       UNR and DRI

   Peer reviewed by volunteers from the USGS,
       National Labs, Private sector, Industry and
       other Universities

   Selected 7 proposals for funding

   Awarded March 22, 2002; one-year grants
              Proposal Reviewers
Affiliation      Name              # Proposals
USGS             Colin Williams         10
                 John Sass              4
                 Bob Mariner            1

Caithness        Stu Johnson            6
SAIC             Sabodh Garg            1

                 Jim Combs              1
  Proposal Reviewers - National Laboratories

Affiliation    Name                # Proposals

ANL            Neil Sturchio            2
LBL            John Apps                1
               Pat Dobson               2
               Stefan Finsterle         1
               Mack Kennedy             1
               Marcelo Lippman          2
               Karsten Pruess           1
               Don Vasco                2
      Proposal Reviewers - National Laboratories

Affiliation       Name               # Proposals
PNNL              Rick Orth               1

SNL               Karl Gross              1
                  Maryanne Walck          2

              Proposal Reviewers – Misc
Navy              Frank Monastero         1
         Proposal Reviewers - Universities

Affiliation     Name                # Proposals
EGS             Paul Brophy              3
UTEP            Steve Harder             1
OIT             John Lund                3
N AZ U          Paul Morgan              4
U ID            Batric Pesic             1
U AL            Ramana Reddy             1
U Auck          Stuart Simmons           2
UNLV            Catherine Snelson        1
U UT            Phil Wannamaker          1
              Proposal Reviewers - DOE

Affiliation        Name             # Proposals

DOE-ID             Jay Nathwani          26

INEEL              Joel Renner           26
                    Selected Proposals
• 6 of the 7 selected research projects described in this session

One not discussed in this session, but in poster session:
• Targeting Potential Geothermal Resources in the Great Basin
from Regional Relationships Between Geodetic Strain and
Geological Structures: Lead Investigator, Dr. Geoff Blewitt

One also in poster session:
• Assembly of a Crustal Seismic Velocity and Density Database for
the Western Great Basin: Lead Investigator, Dr. John Louie
         Summary of Geothermal Center
   Center has two components: Research &

   Research projects on-going; workshops

   Renewed funding anticipated for 2003-2004

   To be placed on mailing list, initiate
      collaborations or assist w/future proposal
      reviews, contact:
      Proposed Future Center Tasks

   Great Basin geothermal resource assessment program, in
    collaboration with the USGS:

        Evaluation of geothermal potential based on existing
         data, new surveys and modeling,
        Evaluation of geological models and new geophysical

        Construction of geophysical, geochemical and geological
         models for characterizing existing plant performance and
        Evaluation of the application of geothermometers in
         Nevada incorporating drilled temperatures at currently
         producing facilities.
Proposed Future Center Tasks, Continued

   Engineering evaluation of geothermal utilization

        Effects of adding 100MWe of new capacity each year to the existing
         transmission and distribution grid,

        Domestic uses of geothermal energy,

        Reduction of silicate and carbonate scaling.

   Geothermal reservoir sustainability studies

   Development & maintenance of a geothermal data
    resource clearinghouse (ongoing)

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