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Overview

The Stanford Geothermal Program conducts graduate research programs in geothermal engineering and the associated problems of flow in fractured and low permeability rocks. The central objectives of the program are to serve the industry by (i) graduating reservoir engineers and (ii) carrying out research in flow in fractured and low permeability rocks that will be useful to the industry. The research is focused towards accelerated development of energy resources through the evaluation of fluid resources and forecasting the behavior of fractured and low permeability fields.

Background

The Program started as unfunded research in 1966, but in 1972, funding was secured from the National Science Foundation, subsequently from ERDA and currently from a combination of the U.S. Department of Energy and our Affiliate companies. About 120 geothermal engineers have graduated from the program since its inception. At present our research focuses on

  • Laboratory-Scale Flow Experiments in Fractured Rocks
  • Laboratory-Scale Experiments of Multiphase Flow
  • Well Test Analysis
  • Injection and Tracer Technology
  • Heat Extraction
  • Field Applications and Field Performance Data.

In addition to the above research tasks, each year the Stanford Geothermal Program convenes the International Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Workshop, schedules weekly seminars on geothermal energy and organizes a lecture course on geothermal reservoir
engineering.