FORO Energy partners with the U.S. Department of Energy to Commercialize High-Power Lasers
DOE works with cutting-edge technology developers to pioneer tools and applications that accelerate the adoption of geothermal energy. To extend the available heat extraction per well, the Office partnered with FORO Energy to design a high-power laser system with the potential to decrease hard-rock drilling costs.
Image: courtesy of FORO Energy
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Alaska's Aleutian Island Chain Hold Promise for Geothermal Development
Near a volcano in a remote part of the Alaskan Aleutian Island chain, the largest seafood production facility in North America could be completely powered by geothermal energy. A new study, leveraged with Energy Department investments, reports this area could have nearly ten times the geothermal energy potential originally estimated.
Image: Geothermal Resources Council
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Tools for Extreme Downhole Environments
In June 2014, the Energy Department announced commercialization of a rechargeable energy storage device that is fully operational in harsh geothermal drilling environments - at 200°C. Learn more at http://energy.gov/eere/geothermal/articles/energy-department-announces-first-its-kind-high-temperature-downhole.
Image: FastCAP Systems
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Geothermal Exploration in Pilgrim Hot Springs, Alaska Turns Up a Resource
This remote Alaska location recently reported success with flow testing, confirming enough geothermal resource for on-site power generation and cascaded uses. The potential also exists to generate enough power to supply Nome residents.
Image: courtesy C Pike at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power