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January 28, 2015
Aurelie Roche at the University of Rochester earned a Geothermal Studies Scholarship from the Energy Department in 2014.
Energy Department Awards Geothermal Student Scholarships

When the University of Rochester’s student team won first place in the 2013 DOE National Geothermal Student Competition, they earned two scholarship awards that were presented to the University of Rochester in 2014.

January 6, 2015
Hollett speaks on the Energy Department's geothermal portfolio at the largest geothermal industry gathering of the year in Portland, Oregon, September 2014.
Hollett Takes on Renewable Power

Doug Hollett, director of the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), was promoted to Deputy Assistant Secretary, Renewable Power, on November 21 and assumed responsibility for the Solar, Wind and Water, Geothermal, and Grid programs within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Hollett directed the GTO for three years, providing both technical and project oversight for new technologies designed to advance geothermal’s role in the U.S. energy portfolio.

November 20, 2014
Sunrise at Pilgrim Hot Springs outside of Nome, Alaska. | Photo courtesy of CPike,  Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP).
Pilgrim's Progress: An Update on Geothermal Potential in Alaska

A resource in central Alaska is showing promise for geothermal development—the renewable energy that draws on Earth’s natural heat for electricity and other uses. The myriad benefits of this clean, domestic power source make geothermal exploration an attractive proposition for this state, where off-grid demand means that Alaskans often use expensive, polluting diesel power.

November 4, 2014
Up to $1.15 Million Available to Small Businesses for New Products or Technologies that Expand Geothermal Markets

The Energy Department announced funds targeted to small businesses in two separate geothermal subtopics: a) innovations to develop under-utilized markets and b) a technology transfer opportunity for coproduced geothermal resources. An informative webinar will cover the geothermal topic on Friday, November 7, at 1:30 pm.

October 22, 2014
Mapping Geothermal Heat Flow and Existing Plants

Check out our interactive map to learn about geothermal energy, a growing source of clean, renewable American power.

October 9, 2014
Truckee Meadows Community College and Colorado School of Mines Win Geothermal Student Competitions

The Energy Department announced the 2014 winners of the National Geothermal Student Competition and the Geothermal Case Study Challenge last week at an industry gathering in Portland, Oregon. These competitions challenged college and university students to develop professional business solutions for public outreach as well as case studies that could help industry more accurately pinpoint geothermal resources in subsurface areas across the United States.

September 29, 2014
GTO Director Doug Hollett Delivers Keynote at the Nation's Largest Industry Gathering, September 29, 2014

The Energy Department's Geothermal Technologies Office participated in the industry's largest geothermal gathering in Portland, Oregon, with a keynote address by Director Doug Hollett.

August 6, 2014
Energy Department Announces $18 Million for Innovative Projects to Advance Geothermal Energy

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $18 million for 32 projects that will advance geothermal energy development in the United States.

July 31, 2014
New Studies Aid in Optimizing Water Use in Geothermal Applications

Three key reports from the Energy Department address water impacts in geothermal energy production. Two recently issued studies, produced by Argonne National Laboratory for the Department's Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), highlight methods for economizing water use in geothermal applications. These reports complement a Department-wide report released in June that assesses water usage in multiple energy applications, including geothermal.

July 31, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Geothermal FORGE Initiative, National Energy Literacy Virtual Town Hall, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

July 29, 2014
Geothermal Energy Association Recognizes the National Geothermal Data System

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) announced today the winners of their 2014 GEA Honors, which recognizes companies, projects, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the geothermal industry. The winners were selected in categories including Technological Advancement, Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship. Now in its fourth year, GEA also provides special recognition of companies and individuals who have made notable advances and achievements for geothermal energy.

July 17, 2014
Energy Department Announces Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased. These enhanced pathways allow fluid to circulate throughout the hot rock and carry heat to the surface to generate electricity. In the long term, EGS may enable domestic access to a geographically diverse baseload, and carbon-free energy resource on the order of 100 gigawatts, or enough to power about 100 million homes.

July 17, 2014
Geothermal News
Q&A: FORGE-ing Ahead to Clean, Low-Cost Geothermal Energy

Learn about the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), which will enable scientists and engineers to develop and test new technologies for innovative Enhanced Geothermal Systems.

July 9, 2014
A new DOE report, Geothermal Exploration Policy Mechanisms, was recently released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory | photo courtesy of Geothermal Resources Council.
NREL Releases Report on Policy Options to Advance Geothermal Exploration

A new DOE report, published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, highlights findings from a review of five policy mechanisms that have been successfully applied to hydrothermal exploration activities around the globe – loan guarantees, drilling failure insurance, lending support, grants, and government-led exploration – and their applicability to the U.S. geothermal market.

July 2, 2014
Energy Department Announces First-of-its-Kind, High-Temperature, Downhole Rechargeable Energy Storage Device

The Energy Department today announced commercialization of a rechargeable energy storage device capable of operating in the extreme temperatures necessary for geothermal energy production. Industry partner FastCAP Systems successfully demonstrated an ultracapacitor that is fully operational in 200°C conditions, extending the upper limit of high-temperature energy storage and electronics, and engineering a flexible system that could reduce cost and risks of geothermal drilling.

June 3, 2014
Colorado Takes Steps to Expand Geothermal Development

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a geothermal bond bill May 30, providing $1.98 million in state funding and matching the Energy Department’s investment in geothermal energy exploration at Pagosa Springs.

May 28, 2014
Energy Department Announces National Geothermal Data System to Accelerate Geothermal Energy Development

The National Geothermal Data System is online open-source platform that facilitates the discovery and use of geothermal data. It will help address one of the greatest barriers to development and deployment of this promising clean energy source.

May 28, 2014
The National Geothermal Data System deploys free, open-source online scientific information, a mammoth resource of geoscience data. In the data visualization shown here, Schlumberger utilized bottom hole temperatures from the National Geothermal Data Systems (NDGS) on-line platform to supplement subscription data temperatures used to create basin-wide 3D temperature models in Petrel Exploration and Production software | photo courtesy of Schlumberger
National Geothermal Data System Deployed to Serve Industry

This data visualization shows how industry can model geologic features from free, open-source data through the National Geothermal Data System. In this fence diagram, Schlumberger utilized bottom hole temperatures from the National Geothermal Data Systems (NDGS) on-line platform to supplement subscription data temperatures used to create basin-wide 3D temperature models in Petrel Exploration and Production software.

May 14, 2014
Grand Challenges: Request for Information on the Subsurface

Geothermal Technologies Office posted a Request for Information submitted by the Subsurface Technology and Engineering Research, Development, and Demonstration (SubTER) Cross-cut.

April 24, 2014
The National Geothermal Data System is helping researchers and industry developers cultivate geothermal technology applications in energy and direct-use through an open source data tool. Here, a geothermally heated greenhouse west of Newcastle, Utah relies on natural geothermal steam. photo courtesy Robert Blackett, NREL
Pinpointing America's Geothermal Resources with Open Source Data

National Geothermal Data System addresses barriers to geothermal deployment by aggregating millions of geoscience datapoints and legacy geothermal research into a nationwide system that serves the geothermal community.

April 23, 2014
Oregon Institute of Technology Recognized for Increasing its Use of Geothermal and Solar Energy

Today, the Department of Energy recognized the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) for boosting its use of clean energy at the first campus in America to be heated by geothermal energy, achieving a major milestone toward its goal of making all seven schools in the Oregon University System carbon-neutral by 2020.

March 31, 2014
Low-temp geothermal technologies are meeting a growing demand for strategic materials in clean manufacturing. Here, lithium is extracted from geothermal brines in California.
Batteries from Brine

Low-temp geothermal technologies are meeting a growing demand for strategic materials in clean manufacturing.

March 17, 2014
Iowa: West Union Green Transformation Project

The City of West Union, Iowa, installed a closed-circuit geothermal heating and cooling system designed to heat and cool 330,000 square feet of mixed used space in the downtown area, including 80% of the 60 downtown buildings. The city also set up a system of mini-grants for downtown businesses to help defray the costs of weatherizing their buildings and connecting to the system.

March 5, 2014
Foro Energy, Inc. partners with the United States Department of Energy to commercialize high power lasers for the oil, natural gas, geothermal, and mining industries. photo courtesy of Foro Energy
2013 Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review Technical Report

The 2013 Geothermal Technologies Office Peer Review Report is now available for download. The report provides a summary and compilation of expert, independent technical feedback on GTO-funded projects, as well as feedback from the Peer Review reviewers.