ASPECTS OF DOE'S CURRENT GEOTHERMAL PROGRAM

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In bringing you up to date on DOE's geothermal R and D programs, they are going to emphasize first those elements that may be of special interest to a reservoir engineering audience, because the activities in support of an improved understanding of hydrothermal reservoirs deserve attention. Reservoir definition, brine injection, and reservoir stimulation technologies are major elements of the Hydrothermal Research Program, and in total they account for nearly 50% of the fiscal year (FY) 1985 hydrothermal research budget. These elements fall into the essential R and D category; that is, while some basic technologies have been borrowed from the ... continued below

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Mock, J.E. & Marshall, J.R. January 22, 1985.

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In bringing you up to date on DOE's geothermal R and D programs, they are going to emphasize first those elements that may be of special interest to a reservoir engineering audience, because the activities in support of an improved understanding of hydrothermal reservoirs deserve attention. Reservoir definition, brine injection, and reservoir stimulation technologies are major elements of the Hydrothermal Research Program, and in total they account for nearly 50% of the fiscal year (FY) 1985 hydrothermal research budget. These elements fall into the essential R and D category; that is, while some basic technologies have been borrowed from the petroleum industry for geothermal service, they are often ill-suited to geothermal requirements, and cannot be used without significant technological innovations. Into this category fall the current reservoir technology, brine injection, and reservoir stimulation projects that are listed in Table 1. The reservoir technology projects include: (1) development of methods for characterizing and mapping reservoir parameters, processes, and spatial dimensions; (2) development of methods to predict and monitor reservoir changes from fluid extraction; (3) evaluation of existing methods and development of new methods for predicting the location and mapping faults and fractures in geothermal reservoirs; and (4) testing of new analysis techniques using field case studies. Brine injection projects include: (1) development of physical and mathematical models to determine the behavior of geothermal reservoirs during injection; (2) tracer testing to determine rapid flow paths between wells; and (3) analysis of pressure responses in the field to injection into one or more wells.

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  • 10. annual workshop on geothermal reservoir engineering, Stanford, CA (US), 01/22/1985

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  • Report No.: SGP-TR-84
  • Report No.: CONF-850107-1
  • Grant Number: AS03-80SF11459
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 892127
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc883928

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Mock, J.E. & Marshall, J.R. ASPECTS OF DOE'S CURRENT GEOTHERMAL PROGRAM, article, January 22, 1985; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc883928/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.