Potential OASIS Geothermal Energy standards project


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Early-stage open standards proposal for a new OASIS technical committee for locational, volumetric, condition and asset quality references to natural geothermal power sources. Provided to us for the purposes of gathering comment on feasibility and scope.

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Potential OASIS Geothermal Energy standards project

  1. 1. Potential Geothermal Energy Data Standards ProjectNote: This proposal has no official status and may change or be withdrawn.OASIS is exploring the feasibility of launching a project to identify requirements and create common datastructures for geothermal energy information standards. All interested parties are invited to comment on thisdiscussion, which potentially will be used to determine the scope and direction for a new Technical Committee atOASIS.Premise: Exploitation of geothermal resources requires operational and informational resources that arebroadly similar to petroleum exploration: 1) robust three-dimensional location coordinates; 2) a long life cycle fordata, as resources pass through exploration, extraction/installation, estimation and production; and 3)heterogeneous metadata for the relevant geology, geophysics, tectonics, hydrology, biology and ecologicattributes of sites.The wide range of data is occasioned by the need to estimate development and production costs at variouspotential geothermal sites, where a long lead time and significant upfront investment is required. However, atthis early stage, access and control of geothermal resource information – both reservoir estimation of naturalresources, and the capabilities of extraction/generation equipment may be significantly less privatized than thedata marketplace for petroleum deposits. In the geothermal sector, much of the data and some significant publicpolicy imperatives still vest in government agencies and the public sector.As a result, widespread data sharing and calculations based on interoperable compatible data are needed, soharmonized data structures will be of immediate value.As utilities and regulators contemplate the integration of geothermal into national supply grids, this body of dataalso will come under pressure to be interoperable, and upwardly compatible, with a second body of work: thevarious systems and taxonomies that will be used by advanced prediction, control and metrology practices tooperate those power grids.Outcomes: A project to identify requirements and create common data structures for geothermal energyinformation standards likely would need to consider the following tasks:-- Core set of methods for 3D geoposition statements that: - tie to readily available statistics; - explicitly handle volumetrics; - are upwardly compatible with future definitive systems under development (like EUs INSPIRE); and - tie out to human-readable / common-vernacular location data, if possible.-- Assembled taxonomy for scientific data statements about various physical matters of hydrology, tectonics,geology, etc., which should: - re-use or be referenceable to established SI measures; and - be compatible with semantic operations, e.g., capable of distinguishing between primary absolute data andderived/interpreted data.-- Robust extensible metadata to accommodate future extended needs (e.g., source or generation-methodidentification more fine-grained than might be requested today).-- Open-ended ability to append additional data in various unanticipated formats, such as image and chart data.-- Data and message format that permits enveloping of the foregoing into forms compatible with widespreadasynchronous sharing, messaging, database calls, and data exchange transactions among heterogeneoussystems.***Please comment on the above points. Do you agree there is a need to identify geothermal energy informationstandards? Do the above lists accurately reflect the scope of work thats needed? Are there other issues thatshould be considered before launching this project?