The Energy Department selected five candidate sites nationwide to prepare for a new cutting-edge subsurface laboratory that will catalyze a commercial pathway for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). Called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), this effort could unlock up to 100 gigawatts of geothermal energy.
The Geothermal Technologies Office has published its annual roll up of achievements in the 2014 Annual Report.
Learn more about technical projects funded by DOE across a wide spectrum of technical complexity and funding magnitude, from research and development to demonstration and analysis. The Office funds 175 geothermal research, development, and demonstration projects leveraging nearly $400 million in total combined investment.
GTO has invested in play fairway analysis to help geothermal developers to reduce uncertainty in their drilling targets. Atlas, Inc., one of eleven awards, will explore the geothermal potential in the Cascade Mountains and Aleutian Islands.
Following a funding opportunity award for Play Fairway Analysis in 2014, GTO is weighing the option of hiring a contractor to drill exploratory wells in FY 2016.