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Drilling started at FORGE geothermal research project in Utah

Drilling site of FORGE research project in Utah (source: Utah FORGE)
Alexander Richter 10 Aug 2017

The FORGE EGS geothermal research project in Utah has commenced drilling on the site near Milford, Utah.

FORGE Utah is one of two candidate sites selected for phase 2 of a national research facility promoting viable, clean, domestic sources of energy for future generations by the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office.

The FORGE site is located 10 miles north of Milford, Utah. Part of Beaver County’s energy corridor the site sits near new wind farms, a solar power plant and an existing geothermal power plant.

With the FORGE research, it is aimed at enabling cutting-edge research and drilling and technology testing, as well as to allow scientists to identify a replicable, commercial pathway to EGS. In addition to the site itself, the FORGE effort will include a robust instrumentation, data collection, and data dissemination component to capture and share data and activities occurring at FORGE in real time. The innovative research, coupled with an equally-innovative collaboration and management platform, is truly a first of its kind endeavor.

The project has now announced having started drilling on the project site.

We reported on the project last month with an interview with Dr. J. Moore of the University of Utah.

Source: Utah FORGE via Twitter