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The Geothermal Technologies Office Invests $18 Million for Innovative Projects

The McGuiness Hills Geothermal Power Plant in Lander County, Nevada generates 30 MW and has been in operation since 2012 | photo courtesy of Geothermal Resources Council

The McGuiness Hills Geothermal Power Plant in Lander County, Nevada generates 30 MW and has been in operation since 2012 | photo courtesy of Geothermal Resources Council

In support of a low carbon future, the United States Department of Energy today announced up to $18 million for 32 projects that will advance geothermal energy development in the United States. The selected projects target research and development in three technology areas: advancing subsurface analysis and engineering techniques for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), applying a mapping approach called play fairway analysis to discover new hydrothermal resources, and accelerating extraction technologies to unlock domestic supplies of critical and other  high-value materials like lithium while further developing low- to moderate-temperature geothermal resources. As part of the Department’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, these projects will accelerate technological advancement and economical deployment of geothermal resources.

To view selected projects in the three technology areas, click on the links below:

Integrated EGS R&D

$10 million - 12 selections

Play Fairway Analysis

$4 million - 11 selections

Low-Temperature Mineral Recovery Program

$4 million - 9 selections

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Office Director Doug Hollett at the National Geothermal Summit, August 6, 2014    

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