Pilgrim Hot Springs is located about 60 road miles north of Nome, Alaska. In 2010 the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), in collaboration with the Geophysical Institute, was awarded a grant from the Department of Energy to test an innovative remote sensing technique that has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of geothermal exploration for low and moderate temperature geothermal sites around the world. By testing and verifying this technique at the Pilgrim Hot Springs site and hopefully locating the source of the geothermal water, ACEP will be able to assess the feasibility of developing this site to benefit the region and its residents. Match funding for the project has been provided by the Alaska Energy Authority through the Renewable Energy Fund.
Our overall project goal is to use a combination of existing and innovative remote sensing and geophysical techniques to develop a preliminary conceptual model of the Pilgrim Hot Springs geothermal resource, and to confirm this model through the drilling of two confirmation slim holes. The project also includes a comprehensive economic analysis of a variety of potential options for developing the springs. Options include a large scale power generation project to support the region as well as direct use, such as a greenhouse to supply fresh produce to the region.
The project consists of 3 phases. To learn more about the specific phases click below:
- PHASE 1: Innovative Remote Sensing Techniques
- PHASE 2: Drilling
- PHASE 3: Well Testing and Numerical Modeling
Funding and Project Partners
Local project partners include:
• Unaatuq LLC, the property owner
• Mary's Igloo Native Corporation (MINC)
• Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC)
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