The Western Governors Association (WGA) composed “The Heat Beneath Our Feet” Report, providing an extensive overview of geothermal activities in the United States. This comprehensive report offers strategic recommendations to foster geothermal development across three pivotal categories: electricity generation, heating and cooling, and market development/transition opportunities.
Within the realm of electricity generation, the report advocates for essential improvements in resource assessment and data collection, risk mitigation in drilling and exploration, streamlining permitting processes, enhancing regulatory certainty, and expanding funding avenues. Embracing these recommendations would revolutionize the geothermal landscape.
Enter MicroSeismic Inc. with our game-changing MicroThermal Energy Service! Our expertise lies in elevating resource assessment and data collection while mitigating drilling and exploration risks. With precision micro-seismic data collection, MicroThermal Energy guides resource assessment and development by characterizing subsurface reservoirs. The revolutionary micro-seismic monitoring method detects and locates micro-seismic events (tiny earthquakes) induced during geothermal operations, providing invaluable insights into discrete fracture networks (DFN) and reservoir behavior in response to fluid injection and withdrawal. DFNs hold the key to unlocking a geothermal field’s potential.
By gaining a profound understanding of a geothermal field’s DFN, projects can confidently expand operations, reducing risks along the way. Although geothermal operations may trigger induced seismic events that go unnoticed and pose no threat, these small events play a vital role in evaluating potential risks associated with larger seismic events. Through continuous induced seismicity monitoring (ISM), operators can identify abnormal trends or changes indicating a shift in stress state, enabling early detection and prevention of potentially hazardous seismic activity. As dynamic systems, geothermal reservoirs require long-term monitoring to accurately track reservoir behavior.
Empowering resource assessment and mitigating risk, micro-seismic monitoring emerges as a formidable tool. Kudos to WGA for this phenomenal report! Thank you for leading the charge towards a geothermal-powered future. To explore all of WAG’s recommendations for the geothermal industry, download the 2023_HBOF_Initiative_Report_3.pdf at westgov.org.
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