Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy
An on-site (subsurface) laboratory where scientists and engineers will be able to develop, test, and accelerate breakthroughs in Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) technologies. Click here for more information from the DOE website.
Natural geothermal systems consist of a heat source, permeable pathways (fractures or permeable aquifers), and a fluid to transport the heat. Enhanced Geothermal System reservoirs are hot, dry rocks that lack the natural permeability required to generate energy pathways. Temperatures sufficient for electric generation can be found at drillable depths throughout the country. For EGS cold water is injected into hot rocks to transfer the heat to the surface to create electricity.
FORGE UTAH will:
The DOE Forge project is very closely tied to EGI through the researchers focusing on this project. EGI and UGS Research Scientists in the project management team are listed below:
Publications from these researchers can be found here.
Why the University of Utah & EGI?
State-of-the-art equipment and measurement facilities
Provides long-term investment in education for future generations
Demonstrated expertise in communicating with the public
Milford, which is 10 miles (16 km) from the proposed site, is incorporated as a city in Beaver County. A major factor in Milford’s history is the Union Pacific Railroad, which passes through the town and offers the possibility of shipping materials by rail and then using truck transport for the final few miles to the FORGE site. Longer-term, if the site is successful in creating power generation opportunities, the existing DC line from the IPP coal plant to southern California is nearby, and a new transmission line with 3 GW capacity is being permitted following a similar route to the IPP line. Although wind, natural gas, and solar are the dominant power sources being considered for these lines, the FORGE site has the potential to also prove GW-scale power potential.