In 2014, the Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office introduced its mineral recovery research and development program to identify methods of recovering lithium and rare earth elements found in geothermal fluids. This year the effort expanded to include evaluation of comparable methods in other industries and the potential to translate successful methodologies for use in geothermal mineral recovery.
Beneath our feet lies a source of geothermal heat that can be tapped to provide heating and cooling to both residential and commercial buildings, manufacturing processes, greenhouses and aquaculture ponds.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the topics for Phase I, Release 2 of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The SBIR and STTR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research and Development (R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.
Engineers at Idaho National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory helped build the world’s first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. It combines geothermal power, solar panels and concentrating solar power into one reliable energy source.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) is proud to announce the third round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot. The DOE began accepting Requests for Assistance (RFA) on Monday, October 10th after a formal announcement at the SXSW Eco’s Energy Startup Showcase.
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is putting the world-class resources of the national labs at your fingertips with the SBV Pilot. In the first two rounds, 76 small businesses received vouchers for approximately $15 million in technical assistance from national labs to help bring the next generation of clean-energy technologies to market. The SBV pilot gives our nation’s clean-tech small businesses the opportunity to take their innovative products to the next level. By supporting their growth, the U.S. helps these companies make a more meaningful impact on the economy and clean-energy sector.
Over rounds three and four, $12 million is available for vouchers across EERE’s clean-energy sectors. EERE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) has nearly $800 thousand available to support vouchers in all of its mission areas of EGS, Hydrothermal, Low Temperature, and Systems Analysis. Companies have until November 10 to submit RFAs for round three; round four is expected to be announced early in 2017.
Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.
This year's Geothermal Design Challenge tasked teams of high school and university students to research, design, and promote their infographics that answer the questions: What is the future of geothermal and how will it impact you?
Geothermal resources are reservoirs of hot water that exist at varying temperatures and depths below the Earth's surface. Wells 1 mile deep or more can be drilled into underground reservoirs to tap steam and very hot water that can be brought to the surface for use in a variety of applications, including renewable power generation. The Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) continues to support research, development, and validation of innovative technologies and tools to develop geothermal resources.
The The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of eight new research and development projects to receive a total of $11.5 million in federal funding under DOE’s Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development, and Demonstration Crosscut initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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