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Title: Geochemical engineering and materials program plan

The Department of Energy (DOE) was designated as lead agency in discharging the overall legislative mandate for federal R&D to assist the private sector in developing appropriate technology for exploiting geothermal energy resources. The Geochemical Engineering and Materials (GEM) Program was conceived, as part of DOE'S overall strategy, to address specific and plant-wide problems and uncertainties in the use of materials and in geochemical engineering. This program assists industry in the conduct of long-term,high-risk R&D needed to overcome the significant technical and economic GEM-related obstacles faced by developers and potential developers of this alternative energy source. The program focuses on: (1) Increasing the knowledge about the properties of materials and their performance under geothermal energy system conditions; (2) Developing and utilizing more reliable and/or cost-effective materials than previously available; and (3) Developing a greater understanding of and control over geochemical processes during fluid production and transport, energy conversion, and waste management. As a stand-alone program and as support to other DOE geothermal technology development programs, the GEM Program contributes to the feasibility of designing and operating efficient, reliable, and safe fluid handling and energy conversion systems.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
894083
Report Number(s):
EER-TR-12-821
TRN: US200702%%550
DOE Contract Number:
AC01-81RA-50415
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Engineering and Economics Research, Inc., Vienna, VA
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY; ECONOMICS; ENERGY CONVERSION; ENERGY SOURCES; GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; PERFORMANCE; PRODUCTION; TRANSPORT; WASTE MANAGEMENT Geothermal Legacy