Play fairway analysis, a technique adapted from oil & gas exploration, will help geothermal energy experts to target the best spots for geothermal drilling by reducing uncertainties. Energy Department investments in this novel technique stretch the conventional limits of geothermal energy exploration, from the hotter western states to new regions where low-temperature resources could be tapped.

The Geothermal Technologies Office invested $4 million in ten projects to advance and adapt play fairway analysis. Selected awards span the country, from the Aleutian arc in Alaska to the Appalachian basin on the East Coast. The resulting regional, basin-scale maps will serve to quantify and reduce uncertainty for geothermal energy exploration. By improving success rates for exploration drilling, play fairway analysis could significantly lower the costs of geothermal energy while opening up new areas to development

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