U.S Geothermal Energy Program five year research plan, 1986--1990. Draft of July 1986 Page: 7 of 82
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This document is the U.S. Department of Energy FY 1986 - FY 1990 Five-
Year Research Plan for geothermal energy technologies. The Plan is intended
to provide Federal and industry decision-makers an overview of the current
status of geothermal resource recovery and conversion technology and of DOE
research to improve these technologies.
The Plan is formulated within the policy principles of the National Energy
Policy Plan (NEPP-V) to promote a balanced and mixed energy supply system and
to maximize the practical reliance on the free decisions of the entire populace
while maintaining public health, safety, and environmental quality.
The objectives of the DOE geothermal R&D program have been integrated with
the objectives of the DOE R&D programs for other forms of renewable energy.
This integration is documented in the DOE report, "Renewable Energy Research
and Development Outlook," February 1985, and is described in this Plan.
The Geothermal Energy Research Program that is guided by this Plan consists
of R&D activities whose objectives address a balance among short-term and
long-term goals. The short-term goal is to achieve significant improvements
in technical performance through research on second-generation technologies to
extract and convert geothermal energy from liquid-dominated hydrothermal
reservoirs. These improvements are expected to increase markedly the number of
U.S. hydrothermal reservoirs from which industry can produce energy in the near
term. The longer-term goal is to determine whether geopressured energy, hot dry
rrck, and magma are viable future energy sources and to provide a base for
,Iustry evaluation of the economics of producing and utilizing these forms of
Taken together, these four types of geothermal energy sources and the
scientific and technical improvements$ sought by the Program offer significant
potential to contribute to the Nation's economic and energy security goals.
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