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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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

December 13, 2013
Downhole Sensor Holds Transformative Potential

Long-term operation of electronics at high temperatures remains a challenge for the geothermal sector; many downhole sensors are prone to failure when deployed in high-temperature wells, which limits the availability and complexity of logging tools av

December 3, 2013
The Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratory in collaboration with industry partner MagiQ developed a high-temperature wellbore deployment system to accurately locate and characterize the release of seismic energy from micro-earthquakes. This investment will enable better understanding of EGS performance in the subsurface and enhance adoption of this next-generation technology.
Seismic Monitoring a Critical Step in EGS Development

MagiQ and Sandia National Laboratory developed a high-temperature wellbore deployment system, which comprises a housing package equipped with a latching arm that mechanically clamps the tool system to the borehole wall. The middle section is the arm that swings out and clamps to the wellbore.

December 3, 2013
Seismic Monitoring a Critical Step in EGS Development

The ability to accurately locate and characterize the release of seismic energy, generated from micro earthquakes(MEQ) is of paramount importance to the development and monitoring of EGS. A small innovative business, MagiQTechnologies Inc. has devel

June 26, 2013
Climate Change Update: Baseload Geothermal is One of the Lowest Emitting Energy Technologies

Geothermal energy – energy derived from the heat of the earth – has the ability to produce electricity consistently around the clock, draws a small environmental footprint, and emits little or no greenhouse gases (GHG).

June 5, 2013
Energy Department Develops Regulatory Roadmap to Spur Geothermal Energy Development

The Energy Department today issued a Geothermal Regulatory Roadmap that will help developers navigate regulatory requirements at every level of government to deploy geothermal energy projects.

April 15, 2013
Nevada-based industry partner Ormat Technologies leveraged DOE funds to deploy the nation's first commercial EGS at Desert Peak, Nevada. photo courtesy of Ormat
First Commercial Success for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Spells Exponential Growth for Geothermal Energy

The Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy took a leap forward today with the Energy Department's announcement recognizing the nation's first commercial enhanced geothermal system (EGS) project to supply electricity to the grid.

This landmark accomplishment follows two other major DOE-funded technical achievements focused on demonstrating the commercial viability of EGS: The Calpine EGS demonstration at The Geysers in Middletown, California and the AltaRock project at Newberry Volcano near Bend, Oregon.

February 27, 2013
New Geothermal Prospects in the Western United States Show Promise

New geothermal prospects in the western United States show promise, according to the new 2013 Annual U.S. Geothermal Power Production and Development Report, published by the Geothermal Energy Association this week.

February 25, 2013
New Geothermal Data System Could Open Up Clean-Energy Reserves

New geothermal data could open up clean energy reserves nationwide. Scientific American reported that the National Geothermal Data System is helping to isolate geothermal prospects, with the goal of fully profiling geologic and geophysical aspects of these deep energy reserves, which will reduce costly investment by better targeting wells.

February 12, 2013
Technological Advancements Paving the Way for Geothermal Growth

As the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) prepares to release its annual development report at the State of the Geothermal Energy Industry Briefing on February 26 in Washington, preliminary industry data reveals that year-end geothermal growth in 2012 was up 5% from the previous year.

January 22, 2013
AltaRock Energy Announces Successful Multiple-Zone Stimulation of Well at the Newberry Enhanced Geothermal Systems Demonstration

AltaRock Energy today announced that it has created multiple stimulated zones from a single wellbore at the Newberry Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) Demonstration site.

December 3, 2012
Funding Opportunity: Geothermal Technologies Program Seeks Technologies to Reduce Levelized Cost of Electricity for Hydrothermal Development and EGS

The Geothermal Technologies Program seeks non-prime mover technologies that have the potential to contribute to reducing the levelized cost of electricity from new hydrothermal development to 6¢/ kWh by 2020 and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) to 6¢/ kWh by 2030.

October 4, 2012
Energy Department Addresses Largest Gathering of Geothermal Energy Stakeholders

U.S. Department of Energy investments are tapping a vast resource of clean, baseload energy from the earth's heat, according to Douglas Hollett, Program Manager for the Department's Geothermal Technologies Office. Hollett addressed over 1,000 this week at the annual conference of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) in Reno, Nevada—the industry's largest annual gathering of geothermal energy stakeholders in the nation.

September 25, 2012
Geothermal Power – the Future is Now

At the newly reopened Geysers Geothermal Visitor Center, located in northern California at the largest geothermal complex in the world, the spotlight is on the future of geothermal power. Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technology—the process of extracting heat from engineered reservoirs through fluid injection into deeper, hotter rock—has the potential to tap an incredible 100+ GW of EGS resource nationwide.

February 28, 2012
Enhanced Geothermal Systems Documents for Public Comment - Now Closed

The DOE Geothermal Technologies Program invited the public's input on the technology improvement areas identified at the EGS Technology Roadmapping Information Exchange meeting held in San Francisco, California on August 3-4, 2011.