Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Energy Resources Program Research Areas

Efforts in the Energy Research Program within ESD have focused on the following three broad research areas:

Oil & Gas Exploration and Development

Multidisciplinary research is being conducted in reservoir characterization and monitoring, optimization of reservoir performance, and environmental protection. read more »

Geothermal Energy Exploration and Development

There are two main objectives of the Energy Resources Program's geothermal energy development program: (1) to reduce uncertainties associated with finding, characterizing, and evaluating geothermal resources, and (2) to develop and understand the enhancement of current geothermal systems to significantly increase production, i.e., EGS. read more »

Methane Hydrate Exploration and Development

Our studies include numerical modeling and laboratory measurements to guide decisions on the feasibility of natural gas production from hydrate and to assess the relationship between hydrates and climate. read more »