Mines to receive DOE funding for three geothermal energy research and development projects
GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 12, 2009 – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced awards for 123 projects in 39 states, including three at Colorado School of Mines, as part of the Department of Energy’s investments in the exploration and development of new geothermal fields and research into advanced geothermal technologies.
- $1.19 million to create a large-scale simulation model that can include more factors involved in geothermal drilling than do the existing models. This project is led by Yu-Shu Wu and will be carried out in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
- $860,597 to create and validate a stimulation prediction model that includes how fluids will act if injected into a well to create enhanced geothermal reservoirs. This project is led by Marte Gutierrez and Masami Nakagawa.
- $245,797 to create a “Geothermal Academy,” with a data and analysis clearinghouse for ground-source heat projects. This project is led by Masami Nakagawa.