Renewable Energy for the Mountain State
Geothermal Energy Research
Interested in Geothermal for Home or Building Use?
Hot Spring? Warm Spring? Thermal Spring?
According to the American Geosciences Institute (Glossary of Geology, 2011):
- Thermal Spring: A spring whose water temperature is appreciably higher than the local mean annual atmospheric temperature. A thermal spring may be a hot spring or warm spring.
- Hot Spring: A thermal spring whose temperature is above that of the human body.
- Warm Spring: A thermal spring whose temperature is appreciably above the local mean annual atmospheric temperature, but below that of the human body.
Overviews and Research Basics ♦ News and News Archives ♦ Data and Maps ♦ Publications and Publication Databases ♦ General Resources
♦ Overviews and Research Basics
♦ News and News Archives
- Geothermal Energy News
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
- Geothermal Technologies News
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Today in Energy, Geothermal News
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Information Administration (EIA)
- Geothermal Newsletters
Southern Methodist University (SMU) Geothermal Lab
West Virginia Is Hot Bed for Geothermal Resources: Green Energy Source in Coal Country
10/4/2010, Dallas, TX, Southern Methodist University
New research produced by Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a grant from Google.org, suggests that the temperature of the Earth beneath the state of
West Virginia is significantly higher than previously estimated and capable of supporting commercial baseload geothermal energy production.
- West Virginia Is a Geothermal Hot Spot
10/4/2010, Eli Kintisch, Science Now
Researchers have uncovered the largest geothermal hot spot in the eastern United States. According to a unique collaboration between Google and academic geologists,
West Virginia sits atop several hot patches of earth, some as warm as 200°C and as shallow as 5 kilometers. If engineers are able to tap the heat, the state could become a producer of green energy for the region.
- West Virginia—Country Roads to Geothermal Power
10/4/2010, The Official google.org Blog
The SMU Geothermal Laboratory, led by Principal Investigator Dr. David Blackwell, has discovered unexpectedly high temperatures beneath West Virginia capable of supporting geothermal energy production. As a result, they have
increased estimates of West Virginia's total heat content by 78% and geothermal generation potential by 75%.
U.S. Has Large Geothermal Resources, But Recent Growth Is Slower Than Wind or Solar
11/18/2011, "Today in Energy", U.S. Energy Information Administration
A New Geothermal Map of the United States
10/25/2011, The Official google.org. Blog: News and Notes from Google's Philanthropic Arm.
♦ Data and Maps
National Geothermal Data System (NGDS)
Catalog of documents and datasets that provide information about geothermal resources located primarily within the United States.
Note: To obtain data for West Virginia, as an example, type "West Virginia" in search box. Data for West Virginia contributed, at least in part, by the West
Virginia Geological & Economic Survey (WVGES).
- Association of American State Geologists (AASG) Geothermal Data Repository
Repository containing contributions from 50 state geological surveys to the State Geothermal Data Project, organized by the AASG with
funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Information collected by the State Geothermal Data Project is contributed to the National
Geothermal Data System (see above). Note: To obtain data for West Virginia, as examples: 1) click Browse Collections > AASG Geothermal Data > By State > West Virginia,
2) click Browse Collections > Resource Accessibility > ESRI Services > see West Virginia (services alphabetized by state), and/or 3) click Browse Collections > Source Organization >
West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey. Data for West Virginia contributed, at least in part, by the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey (WVGES).
- ArcGIS REST Services, Geothermal
Directory of all geothermal map services available from the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey (WVGES); services are as associated
with the West Virginia Geothermal Interactive Map Shapefiles can be made
available upon request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|The following maps represent interpretations of best available data made by professionals. As in all research work, professional interpretations may vary, and can change with advancements in both technology
and data quality. Furthermore as is the case with all maps, they are simplifications and models of actual conditions. The maps are offered as a service; proper use of the information herein is the sole responsibility of the user.
| ||Note: For resource maps, please consider not only the resource but the depth as well.
|West Virginia Geothermal Interactive Map, West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey (WVGES)
||For more than 40 years, Southern Methodist University (SMU) has conducted geothermal research. Links to some of their maps are given below.
For additional data or information, please visit the SMU Geothermal Lab.
Temperature-at-Depth Map Series, Southern Methodist University (SMU)
|Geothermal Map of North America, Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Overview, Heat Flow Map
||Geothermal Maps, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Overview, Geothermal Resource Map
♦ Publications and Publication Databases
Selected Papers and Proceedings:
- The Future of Geothermal Energy:
Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century ( PDF, 14.06 MB, 372 pages)
2006, Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT), Idaho National Laboratory, D.O.E. Contract DE-AC07-05ID14517
- 2014 Annual Report Geothermal Technologies Office ( PDF, 6.52 MB, 42 pages)
2014, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
Geothermal Direct Use Technology & Marketplace Workshop Summary ( PDF, 13.29 MB, 113 pages)
2015, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Workshop sponsored by EERE and NETL with the aim of exploring the potential for geothermal direct use applications in the eastern United States.
- Repurposing Trenton-Black River Gas Fields
as Low-Temperature Geothermal Reservoirs in New York State ( PDF, 2.7 MB, 32 pages)
2015, Adapted from oral presentation given at American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Eastern Section 44th Annual Meeting
Citation Databases and Report Collections:
Note: May need to enter "geothermal" or keyword of interest into search box
♦ General Resources
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):
Page last revised: March 23, 2016
Please send questions, comments, and/or suggestions to webmaster.
Page created and maintained by:
West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey
Address: Mont Chateau Research Center
1 Mont Chateau Road
Morgantown, WV 26508-8079
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday
Permission to reproduce this material is granted if acknowledgment is given
to the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey.