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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
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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 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.

February 28, 2014
Energy Department Opens National Competition to Advance Awareness on Geothermal Energy

In support of President Obama's commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department announced today a new geothermal student competition: GeoEnergy Is Beautiful 2014 to promote geothermal energy as a player in the nation's renewable energy

February 27, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Adding Solar to Your Building Portfolio, How to Use DOE’s Newest Facilities, 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. View this week's webinars.

February 26, 2014
JASON Study Highlights Huge Potential for EGS

A new study commissioned by the Energy Department's Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) highlights the vast potential for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) to provide clean, reliable, and sustainable energy to American homes and businesses.

February 24, 2014
Energy Department Announces $10 Million to Speed Enhanced Geothermal Systems into the Market

In support President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced $10 million to improve subsurface characterization for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) by developing state-of-the-art methods that quantify critical underground reservoir properties as they change over time.

February 21, 2014
DOE Announces Notice of Intent for EGS Observatory

The Energy Department announced today its intent to issue a funding opportunity to establish a dedicated subsurface laboratory called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE). This first-of-its-kind effort will promote t

February 14, 2014
Energy Department Announces $3 Million to Lower Cost of Geothermal Energy and Boost U.S. Supply of Critical Materials

The Energy Department today announced $3 million for research and development to help grow U.S. low-to-moderate-temperature geothermal resources and support a domestic supply of critical materials, such as lithium carbonate and rare earth elements.

February 7, 2014
The Energy Department's Geothermal Technologies Office Releases 2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report: featuring highlights and accomplishments in the Office's portfolio of projects is now available!

January 31, 2014
Energy Department Announces $3 Million to Identify New Geothermal Resources

Play Fairway Analysis is a practice first developed in the O&G industry that uses regional and detailed geologic and geophysical data to build a detailed picture of a buried basin to identify the most likely candidate locations for drilling.

January 30, 2014
Energy Department Announces $3 Million to Identify New Geothermal Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $3 million to spur geothermal energy development using play fairway analysis. This technique identifies prospective geothermal resources in areas with no obvious surface expression by mapping the most favorable intersections of heat, permeability, and fluid. While commonly used in oil and gas exploration, play fairway analysis is not yet widely used in the geothermal industry.

January 30, 2014
Immediate Need for Science and Technology Policy Fellowships in the Geothermal Technologies Office

The Geothermal Technologies Office is seeking Science and Technology Policy Fellows to join the office in managing pathfinding science and engineering initiatives.

January 28, 2014
DOE Solicits Feedback on Subsurface Characterization to Commercialize Viable EGS

To better engineer commercially viable EGS technologies, the Energy Department is soliciting information to more accurately measure and quantify vital subsurface parameters in EGS settings and how they change throughout EGS development phases.

January 24, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on the National Geothermal Data System, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Benefits for Tribal Communities, 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.

January 21, 2014
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