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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.