Critique of "Fluid Production" R&D for Geothermal Program Review VII

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The stated goal of Geothermal Technology Division (GTD's) research program is to provide technical solutions required to establish all forms of this resource as long-term competitive energy alternatives. Especially at a time when the research budget is relatively small and competitive energy alternatives are relatively cheap, the emphasis on achieving tangible economic benefits through research is appropriate. In the case of a new technology such as tapping magma energy, it is too early to fine-tune the economics, but the research is well-justified by the magnitude of the potential resource. For projects aimed at incremental improvements in processes that are already ... continued below

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Verity, Robert V. March 21, 1989.

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The stated goal of Geothermal Technology Division (GTD's) research program is to provide technical solutions required to establish all forms of this resource as long-term competitive energy alternatives. Especially at a time when the research budget is relatively small and competitive energy alternatives are relatively cheap, the emphasis on achieving tangible economic benefits through research is appropriate. In the case of a new technology such as tapping magma energy, it is too early to fine-tune the economics, but the research is well-justified by the magnitude of the potential resource. For projects aimed at incremental improvements in processes that are already commercial, economic potential is more easily defined. Fluid production research generally falls in the latter category. In keeping with the foregoing, it would be desirable for the research program participants to place greater emphasis on the potential applications and economic impact of their respective projects. Specifically, with regard to research projects aimed at improving the economics of existing commercial operations, the following points should be addressed: (1) in what resources, or types of resources, would the research results be applicable; (2) what are the best commercially available materials or techniques available, and how will the results of research improve operations in a tangible way; and (3) what are the future plans for each project, including plans for technology transfer? This would improve our understanding of the applicability of the research. Most presentations by researchers included progress summaries from the beginning of the project. These are important to the understanding of the projects. However, in many cases, there was no clear indication of what results were achieved within the last year. Because it is an annual Program Review, it would be appropriate to identify and emphasis the last year's results.

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  • DOE Research and Development for the Geothermal Marketplace, Proceedings of the Geothermal Program Review VII; San Francisco, CA, March 21-23, 1989

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  • Report No.: CONF-890352--31
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 890530
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Verity, Robert V. Critique of "Fluid Production" R&D for Geothermal Program Review VII, article, March 21, 1989; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc883519/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.