U.S. Department of Energy Announces Open-Source National Geothermal Data System

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As you might have read in our recent article, open-source information and transparency is becoming more popular as it’s a critical step for creating a prosperous world that works for all humanity.

Recently, The U.S. Department of Energy officially launched the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), which is an online open-source platform giving the public access to a catalog of documents and data that provide information about geothermal resources located primarily within the United States. Information on other parts of the world is also included, however. The project is funded by the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technology Office.

If your not familiar with what geothermal energy is you can learn more about it here.

This innovative online tool will allow academia and industry to access quantifiable, technical data in digital format, breaking down one of the geothermal energy industry’s greatest barriers to development and deployment of this promising clean energy source.

Plumbing Engineer states, “The open-source platform includes thousands of databases, geologic maps, and reports, drawing from millions of digitized records that were previously unavailable—and can aid discovery of new data on geologic features, faults, seismicity, heat flow, geochemistry, drilling, and temperatures at various depths and in specific geographic areas.”

The goal of this approach is to enable the acceleration of geothermal energy development, lower costs, encourage investments. According the the NGDS website, it can be used to:

  • Determine geothermal potential
  • Guide exploration and development
  • Make data-driven policy decisions
  • Minimize development risks
  • Understand how geothermal activities affect your community and the environment
  • Guide investments

NGDS conforms to the U.S. Geosciences Information Network (USGIN) protocols, a joint undertaking of the United States Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists, and the framework uses the same free, open-source content management system as Data.gov, making NGDS data fully transparent to researchers and developers.

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