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June 9, 2015
Systems Analysis Success Stories
Energy Department Honored for Inroads in Geothermal Energy

As renewable energy takes a stronger role in supplying the U.S. grid, geothermal power could support a more flexible role to balance the intermittent and variable capacity of wind and solar.

May 14, 2015
Through funding by the Energy Department, Sandia National Laboratories have refined a useful percussive hammer tool for harsh geothermal applications. Source: Sandia
Percussive Hammer Enables Geothermal Drilling

In 2013, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) successfully completed the development of a high-temperature drilling technology able to withstand the harsh conditions present in geothermal reservoirs. SNL developed and tested a high-temperature downhole motor that includes an indexing tool for use with commercially available percussive hammers. Conventional pneumatic down-the-hole-hammer drilling systems—widely used in the mining and oil and gas sectors—perform well in hard rock environments and are capable of removing a volume of rock with low energy input.

April 28, 2015
Systems Analysis Success Stories
Energy Department Announces Project Selections for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Subsurface Laboratory

The United States Department of Energy announced new $31 million geothermal field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). Called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), this effort could unlock access to enough clean geothermal energy to power 100 million homes in America.

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.

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.