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A Reference Thermal-Hydrologic-Mechanical Native State Model of the Utah FORGE Enhanced Geothermal Site

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Advanced Scientific Computing Division, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415, USA
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Golder Associates Inc., Redmond, WA 98052, USA
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Energy and Geoscience Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Academic Editors: Jacek Majorowicz and Renato Somma
Energies 2021, 14(16), 4758; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14164758
Received: 24 May 2021 / Revised: 13 July 2021 / Accepted: 2 August 2021 / Published: 5 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modelings and Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing in Reservoirs)
The Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) site is a multi-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for enhanced geothermal system research and development. The site is located on the margin of the Great Basin near the town of Milford, Utah. Work has so far resulted in the compilation of a large amount of subsurface data which have been used to improve the geologic understanding of the site. Based on the compiled data, a three-dimensional geologic model describing the structure, composition, permeability, and temperature at the Utah FORGE site was developed. A deep exploratory well (Well 58-32) and numerous tests conducted therein provide information on reservoir rock type, temperature, stress, permeability, etc. Modeling and simulation will play a critical role at the site and need to be considered as a general scientific discovery tool to elucidate the behavior of enhanced geothermal systems and as a deterministic (or stochastic) tool to plan and predict specific activities. This paper will present the development of a reference native state model and the calibration of the model to the reservoir pressure, temperature, and stress measured in Well 58-32. View Full-Text
Keywords: enhanced geothermal systems; native state; FORGE; FALCON enhanced geothermal systems; native state; FORGE; FALCON
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Podgorney, R.; Finnila, A.; Simmons, S.; McLennan, J. A Reference Thermal-Hydrologic-Mechanical Native State Model of the Utah FORGE Enhanced Geothermal Site. Energies 2021, 14, 4758. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14164758

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Podgorney R, Finnila A, Simmons S, McLennan J. A Reference Thermal-Hydrologic-Mechanical Native State Model of the Utah FORGE Enhanced Geothermal Site. Energies. 2021; 14(16):4758. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14164758

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Podgorney, Robert, Aleta Finnila, Stuart Simmons, and John McLennan. 2021. "A Reference Thermal-Hydrologic-Mechanical Native State Model of the Utah FORGE Enhanced Geothermal Site" Energies 14, no. 16: 4758. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14164758

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