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.
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.
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.