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PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND NATO-CCMS INFORMATION MEETING
ON DRY HOT ROCK GEOTHERMAL ENERGY
June 28-30, 1977
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Jeannette J. Mortensen
This report is a summary of the second and last NATO-CCMS (North
Atlantic Treaty Organization - Committee on Challenges of Modern Society)
Geothermal Pilot Study Information Meeting on Dry Hot Rock Geothermal
Energy. Only summaries of the formal presentations are included. Over-
views of the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) and
the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) geothermal projects are included with
emphasis on the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL) Hot Dry Rock
Geothermal Energy Development Project. Reports of developments in nine
foreign countries and on geothermal projects in U S universities are
The second NATO-CCMS (North Atlantic Treaty
Organization - Committee on Challenges of Modern
Society) Geothermal Pilot Study Information Meeting
on Dry Hot Rock Geothermal Energy was held in Los
Alamos, New Mexico, June 28-30, 1977. Although
this meeting marked the end of the Geothermal Pilot
Study under NATO-CCMS sponsorship, international
cooperation in this effort will continue under the
International Energy Agency (IEA).
Eighty-five attendees registered at the con-
ference, including 15 from foreign countries. The
meeting was well covered by the news media; the
abundance of newspaper, magazine, and television
reporters emphasized the interest "alternative"
energy sources are receiving, and in particular,
The first session focused on NATO-CCMS, Energy
Research and Development Administration (ERDA), and
U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) activities. The
second session dealt with university and foreign
research, and the third and fourth sessions covered
the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL) Hot Dry
Rock Geothermal Energy Development Program.
Activities on the third day of the meeting in-
cluded tours of Technical Area 33, the area that
houses most of the LASL geothermal staff; and
Fenton Hill, the site of the hot dry rock develop-
ment project. This last day gave participants an
opportunity to discuss various questions with one
another and to view the site of the first hot dry
The schedule of activities and list of atten-
dees are included as Appendixes A and B.
1. US AND INTERNATIONAL GEOTHERMAL PROJECTS
1.1. Welcome and Opening Remarks (Edward F. Hammel)
Edward Hammel welcomed the visitors to LASL and
presented a brief history of the Laboratory.
Although LASL was originally established as a
weapon facility, shortly after the end of the war,
Washington realized that the scientific "resource"
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Mortensen, J.J. (comp.). Proceedings of the second NATO-CCMS information meeting on dry hot rock geothermal energy, article, November 1, 1977; New Mexico. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1071849/m1/6/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.