The objective of the workshop, the first in the series, was to gain insight from the MIT analysis to start the evaluation of EGS technology pathways. Special emphasis was placed on leveraging technologies from other applications such as oil and gas exploration and production. Participants in the web cast heard presentations by members of the team responsible for the MIT analysis.

MIT Presentations

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led a 2006 analysis that defined the potential impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the U.S. in the 21st Century. The MIT analysis showed that it is possible to supply 10% of the U.S. electric generation capacity from geothermal power plants by the middle of the century. The following six presentations provide background and summary information regarding the MIT analysis.

  • The Future of Geothermal Energy – Structure and Outcome of the Analysis (PDF 687 KB), Jeff Tester and Ron DiPippo.
  • Status and Achievements in EGS Technology (PDF 1.9 MB), Susan Petty and Roy Baria.
  • Unconventional Geothermal Energy and the US Energy Supply (PDF 3.2 MB), David Blackwell.
  • Wellcost Considerations (PDF 168 KB), Bill Livesay
  • Economic Analysis Engineered Geothermal Systems (PDF 675 KB), Michal C. Moore and Brian J. Anderson.
  • Geothermal Energy Conversion Systems for EGS Resources (PDF 187 KB), Ken Nichols & Ron DiPippo.