DARPA Workshop on Geothermal Energy for Military Operations
Final rept. 1 Sep 2009-31 May 2010
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA sponsored a workshop March 23-25, 2010, to investigate the development of geothermal energy technology for use by the U.S. military. The workshop was convened to explore whether investment in advanced geothermal technologies might reduce the risk and cost to the point where the U.S. military would be able to take advantage. The results of the workshop indicate that geothermal energy holds promise for military use under a variety of circumstances. Technological challenges, many of which were identified at the workshop, delay widespread application. The most relevant solutions from a DoD perspective likely are the advancement of Enhanced Geothermal Systems, particularly through improvements in sensor and automation technologies, and means to increase the efficiency of geothermal power production while decreasing its footprint.
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy