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36 TechnologyAdvancing Energy Security Piloting energy systems INL has teamed with Western Hydrogen Ltd. to develop a molten salt gasifier that can manufacture hydrogen using organic waste byproducts such as the heavy residuals produced by oil sands production. INL has built a lab-scale demonstration of its patented technology and Western Hydrogen has obtained a 50 percent funding match to support design construction and testing of a pilot plant in Alberta. Assessing geothermal resources Siting enhanced geothermal systems requires detailed understanding of subsurface processes primarily rock permeability. To advance this work INL capitalizes on its expertise in both subsurface geology and advanced modeling and simulation. The FALCON computer modeling code enables researchers to simulate the physics of these processes with fine resolution while also modeling an entire geothermal reservoir. FALCON was built on INLs MOOSE simulation platform and is currently licensed to research entities in the U.S. Australia and New Zealand more modeling on pp. 4 24. INL and the University of Utah completed a report assessing geothermal resource potential within Utahs Test and Training Range-South. The report was accepted by Utahs Hill Air Force Base and transmitted to the U.S. Air Force Energy Program Management Office for funding consideration. INL also supported the drilling of an exploratory geothermal slim hole well at Idahos Mountain Home Air Force Base. INL experts helped advise student teams participating in the DOEs 2012 National Geothermal Student Competition which advances geothermal education and generates data that may help industry develop new geothermal sites. This years competition focused on the potential of Idahos Snake River Plain.