Addressing economic risks of geothermal drilling Ocean Geothermal Energy Foundation will use existing science and technology to minimize risk. The risk of conducting expensive drilling without assurance that a viable resource exists in the area being drilled can be reduced by using experiments currently used world wide. The INL (Idaho National Laboratory) developed FALCON (the Fracturing And Liquid CONvection) simulation method which quickly gives a subsurface model of the area.
A more recent break through experiment gives us a glimpse of the earth’s interior. Scripps researchers have developed a way of using radio waves to understand the geophysics of a drilling site.