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July 6, 2016
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Submissions Are In…and Getting Out!

We have arrived at the final round of the Geothermal Design Challenge! The Department of Energy has selected 11 high school and university teams to promote their finalized infographics over a two-week-long social media campaign starting July 5th, 2016.

June 16, 2016
The RRG-9 ST-1 wellhead fitted with a lubricator. A distributed temperature sensor was run through the lubricator to measure well bore temperatures.
EERE Success Story—Geothermal Technology Breakthrough in Idaho: Building Upon Previous EGS Accomplishments

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO)'s major long-term goal is to realize enhanced geothermal system (EGS) technologies’ vast potential through commercial, cost-competitive, EGS power production. In pursuit of this goal, GTO funds research and development (R&D) and field demonstrations to facilitate new, innovative technology deployment and validation to reduce costs and improve performance of these man-made geothermal reservoirs.

June 7, 2016
The geothermal facility in the Williston Basin in North Dakota. | Photo by Kirby Baier of Continental Resources
Energy Department Receives Award for First-of-its-Kind Geothermal Project

The Department of Energy and the University of North Dakota have been recognized by the Geothermal Energy Association for launching the first commercial project that produces geothermal power from an oil and gas well.

May 26, 2016
The team at Brady Hot Springs includes scientists and engineers from: University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geoscience; Ormat Technologies, Inc.; Silixa Ltd.; University of Nevada-Reno; Temple University; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. | Photo by Dan Koetke
Nevada Site Home to Geothermal Community Focused on Expediting Research and Development

Over the last six years, Brady Hot Springs in Nevada site has become a hotbed of activity for innovative geothermal research and development. With the nearly constant and frequently overlapping research efforts ongoing at the site, a unique community of scientists, engineers, geothermal operators, and utilities has formed.

May 24, 2016
Energy Department Awards Up to $4 Million for Projects to Recover Critical Materials from Geothermal Fluids

The Energy Department today announced four research and development (R&D) projects in California, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming that will receive up to $4 million in total funding to assess the occurrence of rare-earth minerals and other critical materials that may be dissolved in higher-temperature fluids associated with energy extraction.

May 12, 2016
Source: Kirby Baier of Continental Resources
EERE Success Story—DOE-Funded Project is First Permanent Facility to Co-produce Electricity from Geothermal Resources at an Oil and Gas Well

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is excited to announce the launch of the nation’s first commercial enterprise to co-produce electricity from geothermal resources at an oil and gas well. With support from DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), researchers at the University of North Dakota (UND) successfully generated geothermal power from hot water that flows naturally from petroleum wells in the Williston Sedimentary Basin in western North Dakota. This technology offsets the need for costly transmission construction and reduces energy costs at remote oil fields.

April 22, 2016
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Mentoring Matters: Engaging Students through Science and Arts

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and the Idaho National Lab (INL), launched a Geothermal Design Challenge inviting high school and university teams to explore the future of geothermal energy and “draw the heat beneath your feet”. After an impressive amount of submissions, the field has been narrowed to 15 high school and 15 university design teams representing a geographically diverse pool.

March 10, 2016
DOE’s Innovative Small Business Vouchers Pilot Selects 33 Small Businesses for Lab Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace. 

March 8, 2016
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Energy Under Our Feet: SubTER Initiative Taps into Geothermal’s Potential

DOE is launching a new initiative to analyze data in order to better develop underground resources, including geothermal energy and CO2 storage. It's called the Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development, and Demonstration (SubTER) Crosscut.

March 3, 2016
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Geothermal Design Challenge Soars in Submissions

The submissions are in, and competition is heating up! 

January 7, 2016
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In Case You Missed Them: Our Top Blog Posts from December

As we start the new year, we're taking a look back at December 2015--our top blog posts and some favorites we want to share with you. Happy New Year!

December 1, 2015
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EERE Announces Up to $4 Million for Critical Materials Recovery from Geothermal Fluids

The Energy Department is providing $4 million in funding to develop new technologies to locate and extract valuable rare earth elements from fluids produced by geothermal and other deep earth drilling.

December 1, 2015
Mineral Recovery Creates Revenue Stream for Geothermal Energy Development

Find out more about Notice to Issue Financial Opportunity Announcement on "Low-Temperature Mineral Recovery Program," a targeted GTO initiative focused on strategic mineral extraction as a path to optimize the value stream of low-to-moderate-tempe

November 25, 2015
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Making a Difference: Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are a highly efficient technology for heating, cooling and water heating. GHP systems can save 33-65% on energy compared to HVAC systems and cut CO2 emissions by 25-65%.

November 18, 2015
Road Tripping through the Geothermal Frontier

And they’re off! After more than a year since the announcement of available funding, the project teams selected for our Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) each hosted our geothermal experts at their candidate sites this fall. We’re calling it our road trip through the geothermal frontier.

August 25, 2015
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Geothermal Data Repository Reaches 500 Submissions

The Energy Department's Geothermal Data Repository hit a milestone this past July when it received its 500th submission. This database helps accelerate research and development of geothermal energy resources by providing easy access to the work of hundreds of teams of researchers, engineers and scientists.

July 8, 2015
Through the new Small Business Vouchers Pilot, small businesses will be able to access tools like this large-scale 3D-printer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
New National Labs Pilot Opens Doors to Small Businesses

New Small Business Vouchers Pilot will connect clean energy innovators across the country with the top-notch scientists, engineers, and world-class facilities at Energy Department National Laboratories.

June 9, 2015
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Energy Department Honored for Inroads in Geothermal Energy

As renewable energy takes a stronger role in supplying the U.S. grid, geothermal power could support a more flexible role to balance the intermittent and variable capacity of wind and solar.

June 5, 2015
Geothermal energy, traditionally a baseload power source among renewables, is poised to emerge also as a flexible power source, balancing intermittent wind and solar power production and reducing variability in energy prices. Source: NREL
Award-winning research takes a fresh look at Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy technologies under development at the Energy Department could accelerate the supply of more than 100 gigawatts of clean energy to the grid.

May 29, 2015
The Energy Department's project partner Foro Energy lab tests a high power laser tool with a patented technology that could maximize heat recovery from geothermal wells. Source: Foro Energy.
High Power Laser Innovation Sparks Geothermal Power Potential

The Energy Department is backing a new patented technology that uses high power lasers to maximize heat recovery for geothermal energy production.

May 14, 2015
Through funding by the Energy Department, Sandia National Laboratories have refined a useful percussive hammer tool for harsh geothermal applications. Source: Sandia
EERE Success Story—Percussive Hammer Enables Geothermal Drilling

In 2013, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) successfully completed the development of a high-temperature drilling technology able to withstand the harsh conditions present in geothermal reservoirs. SNL developed and tested a high-temperature downhole motor that includes an indexing tool for use with commercially available percussive hammers. Conventional pneumatic down-the-hole-hammer drilling systems—widely used in the mining and oil and gas sectors—perform well in hard rock environments and are capable of removing a volume of rock with low energy input.

May 12, 2015
Geothermal energy below the boiling point is now being harnessed to generate electricity and a host of applications. Source: NREL/Ted Clutter
Request for Information explores mineral recovery from geothermal fluids

The DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is seeking input on ideas that encourage geothermal development by exploring innovations in extracting critical materials found in geothermal brines. Geothermal fluids could be a key pathway for supplying a growing domestic demand for these materials, which are predominantly imported today.

May 6, 2015
The Stillwater geothermal plant is the first hybrid solar geo facility in the nation. In 2014 Enel Green Power added 2 MW of concentrating solar power to the existing geothermal plant and solar photovoltaic field, for a total installed capacity of ~60 MW. Source: Enel Green Power North America
EERE Success Story—Optimizing Geothermal with Geo-Solar Hybrid Systems

DOE is exploring the potential of using hybrid applications to raise power plant outputs at low cost. During 2014, industry partner Enel Green Power—in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory —began work to quantify the economic benefits of combining geothermal and solar thermal systems. Positive results could enhance deployment of these clean, renewable energy technologies in regions where the resources overlap.

April 28, 2015
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Energy Department Announces Project Selections for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Subsurface Laboratory

The United States Department of Energy announced new $31 million geothermal field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). Called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), this effort could unlock access to enough clean geothermal energy to power 100 million homes in America.

April 28, 2015
Check out the infographic above to learn how Enhanced Geothermal Systems work. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579"">Sarah Gerrity</a>.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know about Enhanced Geothermal Systems

The U.S. generates more electricity through geothermal energy than any other country in the world. Learn about the breakthrough technology that could help expand use of this renewable energy source.