Accession Number:

ADA102640

Title:

Geothermal Resource Verification for Air Force Bases,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

Geothermal energy offers a potential alternative to oil and gas for supplying the stationary energy requirements of military installations. However, because of the past dominance of oil and gas, procedures for estimating geothermal energy potential have not been well defined nor well tested. This report summarizes the various types of geothermal energy, reviews some legal uncertainties of the resource and then describes a methodology to evaluate geothermal resources for applications to U.S. Air Force bases. Estimates suggest that exploration costs will be 50-300,000, which, if favorable, would lead to drilling a 500,000 exploration well. Successful identification and development of a geothermal resource could provide all base, fixed system needs with an inexpensive, renewable energy source. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE