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February 14, 2018
5 Things to Know About Geothermal Power
5 Things to Know About Geothermal Power
Geothermal energy can be harnessed both as a source of renewable electricity as well as directly for heating and cooling applications.
January 16, 2018
WVU Energy Institute geothermal DDU feasibility study.
Using Deep Geothermal to Heat and Cool Buildings and Reduce Energy Bills
You might not realize it, but beneath our feet lies a source of heat that can be tapped to provide heating and cooling
December 13, 2017
Identifying Opportunities to Address Barriers for Lowering the Cost and Risk of Geothermal Drilling
The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), invite
November 28, 2017
An abandoned mine becomes home to renewable research
An Abandoned Mine Becomes Home to Renewable Research
Scientists conduct cutting-edge renewable energy research on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office
October 27, 2017
FORGE in Utah: This Could Be the Place
FORGE in Utah: This Could Be the Place
Earlier this fall, the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) visited Milford, Utah, one of two potential sites for the innovative underground...
October 20, 2017
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DOE Announces SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity for Subsurface R&D Technologies
The Office of Basic Energy Sciences, in collaboration with the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), announces a topic in the latest...
July 20, 2017
USGS research drilling. Source: Joshua Hicks, USGS
The Geothermal Technologies Office Announces Play Fairway Analysis Phase III Selections
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) announced it will continue funding for 5 projects aligned with Phase III...
July 10, 2017
GTO and FE Announce Joint FY17 SubTER Lab Call Selections
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced the selection of 5 projects
June 30, 2017
Energy Department Announces up to $4 Million for Geothermal Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies
DOE announced up to $4 million in funding for six geothermal Deep Direct-Use research projects.
June 28, 2017
geofluids well geothermal photo
In the Future, Your iPad Could Come from Geothermal: 3 Facts about Critical Materials
To improve technologies from the onset, the Geothermal Technologies Office is focusing on rare earths and critical materials recovery.
May 23, 2017
Geothermal heat pump systems allow homeowners and businesses to use the heat under their feet for cooling and heating their buildings. The Energy Department supports research to make this energy source more affordable and accessible.
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Working to Reduce Costs, Increase Use of Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps can be used to heat and cool residential, commercial, and institutional buildings, providing consumers with significant energy s
May 8, 2017
5 Common Geothermal Energy Myths Debunked

5 common myths about geothermal energy answered in less than 400 words.

April 21, 2017
Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
Program helps small businesses tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges.
April 17, 2017
The photo above is a view "underground". This Real-time Four-Dimensional Subsurface Imaging Software created at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory utilizes E4D-RT to image fractures in real time. This software provides faster, more accurate interpretations of data from simulation models, and improves the cost competitiveness of EGS development.
EERE Success Story—“Seeing Underground” to Advance Geothermal Energy

Energy sources originating from beneath the Earth’s surface satisfy over 80% of total U.S. energy needs, and a key energy challenge today is to...

March 27, 2017
Cooling towers emit water vapor at the Hudson Ranch geothermal plant in California's Imperial Valley.  Hudson Ranch powers nearly 50,000 homes and businesses.  Image|EnergySource.
How California Can Expand U.S. Geothermal Energy Production

California produces more geothermal power than any other state, and alone accounts for more than 20% of total geothermal energy production...

February 23, 2017
Geothermal Energy News
SubTER Lab Call

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) and Fossil Energy’s Carbon Capture and Storage Office (CCS) are...

February 10, 2017
CCS participants
PNNL Code Comparison – Modeling EGS through Collaboration

To access an estimated 100+ GW of clean, baseload energy via enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), the Geothermal Technologies Office funds technology...

January 27, 2017
Dr. Susan Hamm (second from right) with Geothermal Technologies Office colleagues Sean Porse (far left) and Zach Frone (far right), and Stephen Henry, of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, at the Geothermal Resources Council in October. | Photo courtesy of Geothermal Resources Council
Meet Susan Hamm: 5 Questions with the New Geothermal Technologies Director
Dr. Susan Hamm brings with her an impressive portfolio that includes operations, budget and management, and a background in the geological sciences...
January 9, 2017
A Baker Hughes geothermal drilling operation in progress.
New Drilling Technology Could Drive Advances in America’s Geothermal Energy Industry

Our Geothermal Technologies Office continues to push the envelope of what's possible in conventional drilling operations. The latest success is a...

January 3, 2017
Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001601 FOA Type: Initial CFDA Number: 81.087

December 21, 2016
Seismic sensors ready to deploy in northern Nevada, to help identify new geothermal plays. Photo Courtesy | Optim Software
EERE Success Story—GTO Funding Supports Push to Identify New Geothermal Plays

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office reported completion last week of seismic data acquisition at two key geothermal...

December 15, 2016
GTO Projects Score Big at World's Largest Annual Geothermal Event

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the winners of its annual outstanding technical presentation awards from across the global...

November 30, 2016
The Salton Sea region is one of North America's prime sources of lithium. | Photo Courtesy: Pure Energy
EERE Success Story—Geothermal Technology to Help Meet High Lithium Demand

In 2014, the Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office introduced its mineral recovery research and development program to identify...

November 15, 2016
<em>Graphic courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency</em>
Heat from Beneath the Ground – Working to Advance Deep Direct-Use Geothermal

Beneath our feet lies a source of geothermal heat that can be tapped to provide heating and cooling to both residential and commercial buildings,...