Conventional geothermal systems require heat, permeable rocks, and geofluids to naturally co-exist within reasonable depths below the earth's surface. Enhanced (or Engineered) Geothermal Systems (EGS) are different; all that is required are hot rocks. With EGS, deep hot rocks are fractured so we can flow water through them and recover the heat. If successful, the energy potential is enormous. Learn more.
Snake River Plain
The eastern Snake River Plain (ESRP) is a structural depression, or sunken landform, 100 km wide by 300 km long, formed as the North American Plate passed over the Yellowstone Hotspot. The upper layers of ESRP are generally composed of basalt rocks interlayered with sediments. At greater depths, welded rhyolite tuff and tuffaceous sediments dominate. The area is characterized by high heat flows, elevated subsurface temperatures, and abundant water. Learn more.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is actively pursuing the development of a Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) — a dedicated field laboratory for the study of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). The FORGE laboratory will be a dedicated site where scientists and engineers will be able to develop, test, and accelerate breakthroughs in EGS technologies. More info on FORGE.
August 25-26, 2016
Save the Date! The Second Annual Snake River Geothermal Meeting is coming up on August 25 & 26, 2016 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This year's focus is "Reservoir Creation in Igneous Rocks Workshop: Bridgin...
March 17, 2016
Members of the Snake River Geothermal Consortium traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the U.S. & International Geothermal Showcase hosted by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). The Showcase brought to...