Friday, October 7, 2016

USA: $9 Million Available For National Labs to Research Enhanced Geothermal Systems

The FY17 EGS Lab Call Has Landed!

Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) announces the FY17 EGS Lab Call with the $9M, multi-year EGS Collab Initiative.

This FY17 Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Lab Call is focused on GTO’s vision for longer-term, transformational enhanced geothermal systems. The purpose of this Lab Call is to act as the bridge between laboratory scale stimulation/rock mechanics studies and the large field scale of the future Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) site. The objective of this Lab Call is to establish a collaborative experimental and model comparison initiative, the EGS Collab.

The EGS Collab is envisioned as a small-scale field site where the subsurface modeling and research community will establish validations against controlled, small-scale, in-situ experiments focused on rock fracture behavior and permeability enhancement. The EGS Collab will provide the opportunity for reservoir model prediction and validation, in coordination with in depth analysis of geophysical and other fracture characterization data with an ultimate goal of understanding the basic relationship between stress, seismicity and permeability enhancement. Identification and quantification of other parameters impacting permeability, as well as understanding how these parameters change throughout the three EGS development phases, is expected and critical to achieving commercial viability of EGS.

This initiative will address critical and fundamental barriers to EGS advancement by facilitating direct collaboration between the geothermal reservoir modeling community, experimentalists, and geophysicists in developing and implementing well-field characterization and development, monitoring, and stimulation methods.

National Laboratories are invited to submit their proposals by November 30, 2016.