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Dixie Valley Engineered Geothermal System Exploration Methodology Project, Baseline Conceptual Model Report


The Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) Exploration Methodology Project is developing an exploration approach for EGS through the integration of geoscientific data. The Project chose the Dixie Valley Geothermal System in Nevada as a field laboratory site for methodlogy calibration purposes because, in the public domain, it is a highly characterized geothermal systems in the Basin and Range with a considerable amount of geoscience and most importantly, well data. This Baseline Conceptual Model report summarizes the results of the first three project tasks (1) collect and assess the existing public domain geoscience data, (2) design and populate a GIS database, and (3) develop a baseline (existing data) geothermal conceptual model, evaluate geostatistical relationships, and generate baseline, coupled EGS favorability/trust maps from +1km above sea level (asl) to -4km asl for the Calibration Area (Dixie Valley Geothermal Wellfield) to identify EGS drilling targets at a scale of 5km x 5km. It presents (1) an assessment of the readily available public domain data and some proprietary data provided by Terra-Gen Power, LLC, (2) a re-interpretation of these data as required, (3) an exploratory geostatistical data analysis, (4) the baseline geothermal conceptual model, and (5) the EGS favorability/trust mapping. The conceptual model presented applies to both the hydrothermal system and EGS in the Dixie Valley region.

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DOE Project Name: Recovery Act: Development of Exploration Methods for Engineered Geothermal Systems through Integrated Geophysical, Geologic and Geochemical Interpretation
DOE Project Number: EE0002778
DOE Project Lead: Eric Hass
Original Source: https://gdr.openei.org/submissions/209
DOI: 10.15121/1148835
Last Updated: over a year ago
Data from May, 2013
Submitted Jun 25, 2013


AltaRock Energy Inc



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Joe Iovenitti
AltaRock Energy Inc


geothermal, Dixie Valley, EGS, Hydrothermal System, Favorability/Trust mapping, Exploration, Conceptual Model, Baseline Model, model, baseline, appendices, supporting data, seismic data, well data, geologic maps


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