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Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves: AltaRock Energy, Inc.

June 1, 2016

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Seattle, AltaRock Energy is a full-service geothermal energy technology and services company. Our team includes industry experts that specialize in geology, geochemistry, hydrology, engineering, operations, management, and finance. We’ve been working on geothermal research at Newberry since 2010, and are excited to be a part of the NEWGEN FORGE Consortium!

snow day ARE Team

The AltaRock team poses for a picture on a cold, winter day in December 2012 on a well pad at the Newberry Volcano site. 

Newberry EGS Demonstration

AltaRock managed the Newberry EGS Demonstration from 2010-2015, successfully performing a stimulation at a geothermal well drilled in 2008. Project accomplishments included a gold-standard monitoring plan for induced seismicity at geothermal sites, an excellent record of environmental monitoring and protection, and successful community engagement to build support for geothermal energy research and development in Central Oregon.

A number of technical scientific papers were published over the course of the Newberry EGS Demonstration, and can be found here.

Geothermal Projects in the U.S. and Abroad

AltaRock has worked on geothermal projects in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, and other states. These projects include greenfield assessment for geothermal resources, well stimulations, wellfield and reservoir management, power plant optimization, and full project management. AltaRock owns and operates the Faulkner I geothermal power plant at Blue Mountain, NV.

Our international experience includes a well stimulation in the volcanic province of Mexico, and design of an EGS project in southern Hungary.

What We Bring to NEWGEN FORGE

The AltaRock team will leverage the experience gained during the Newberry EGS demonstration and other well stimulations worldwide to contribute to a FORGE research and development plan designed to improve the economics of both EGS and conventional geothermal projects. With one foot in geothermal research and another in the geothermal industry, AltaRock understands the challenge that disruptive technology has crossing the chasm to widespread adoption and impact. Along with other industrial NEWGEN partners, we will be able to help technology developed at NEWGEN FORGE reach its potential as the future of geothermal energy. We will continue to promote research and development breakthroughs by regularly publishing in scientific journals and giving presentations at scientific conferences. Locally, we promote community support for geothermal energy through outreach activities at schools, festivals, and community meetings.

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