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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.

January 10, 2014
Hydrothermal Success Stories
Alaska Harbors Geothermal Energy Potential

Leveraging historical investments in from Energy Department, a USGS study released yesterday estimates a potential 29 MW of geothermal energy in one of Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

December 17, 2013
New Working Fluids Cut a Wider Swath of Geothermal Reserves

Scientists at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have made a commercially viable discovery: how to capture substantially more heat from low-temperature resources. In a market where binary working fluids are costly

December 10, 2013
Foro Energy partners with Dept of Energy to commercialize high power lasers for the oil, natural gas, geothermal, and mining industries. photo courtesy of Foro Energy.
New High-Power Laser Technology

laser drilling advances in geothermal energy

August 21, 2013
BLM Approves California Geothermal Development Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service Inyo National Forest on August 13 signed the Record of Decision approving a new 40-megawatt geothermal project near Mammoth Lakes, California.

July 11, 2013
Caldwell Ranch: Innovative Exploration Technologies Yield Geothermal Potential

As part of a geothermal exploration effort to search for geothermal resources nationwide, a $5 million U.S. Department of Energy investment to Calpine Corporation this year culminated in the confirmation of an initial 11.4 MW of equivalent steam — 50% more than early estimates — from three previously abandoned wells at The Geysers geothermal field in northern California.

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.

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.