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October 19, 2020
Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Ready! Contest Winners
Energy Department Announces Round One Winners of the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize
DOE Announces Round One Winners of American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize, aimed at advancing geothermal manufacturing solutions.
February 14, 2018
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
May 8, 2017
5 Common Geothermal Energy Myths Debunked

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

August 10, 2016
These infographics, created by teams of high school and university students from across the country for the Geothermal Design Challenge, highlight the importance of geothermal energy for achieving a cleaner, greener energy future.
Winning Infographics Depict Future of Geothermal Energy

This year's Geothermal Design Challenge tasked teams of high school and university students to research, design, and promote their infographics...

June 9, 2015
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 intermitte...
June 5, 2015
Geothermal energy, traditionally a baseload power source among renewables, is poised to emerge also as a flexible power source, balancing intermittent wind and solar power production and reducing variability in energy prices. Source: NREL
Award-winning research takes a fresh look at Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy technologies under development at the Energy Department could accelerate the supply of more than 100 gigawatts of clean energy to...

May 29, 2015
The Energy Department's project partner Foro Energy lab tests a high power laser tool with a patented technology that could maximize heat recovery from geothermal wells. Source: Foro Energy.
High Power Laser Innovation Sparks Geothermal Power Potential

The Energy Department is backing a new patented technology that uses high power lasers to maximize heat recovery for geothermal energy production.

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
EERE Success Story—Percussive Hammer Enables Geothermal Drilling
EERE Success Story—Percussive Hammer Enables Geothermal Drilling
April 28, 2015
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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...

April 2, 2015
Energy Department Opens Job Search for Geothermal Technologies Office Director Position
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, is seeking applications for the permanent position of...
March 30, 2015
Phase II commercial operation of Ormat's McGinnis Hills Geothermal Power Plant - which came online in February 2015 - doubled the plant's generating capacity in less than three years, thanks to the Energy Department's loan guarantee program. The plant now generates a combined total of 70 MW. Through early DOE investment, Ormat improved efficiency of energy extraction from geothermal brines there by 10%.
More Than Half of New U.S. Energy in February Derived from Geothermal Sources

Geothermal accounted for more than half of the new U.S. generating capacity brought online in February 2015, according to the latest FERC...

January 6, 2015
Hollett speaks on the Energy Department's geothermal portfolio at the largest geothermal industry gathering of the year in Portland, Oregon, September 2014.
Hollett Takes on Renewable Power

Doug Hollett, director of the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), was promoted to Deputy Assistant Secretary, Renewable Power, on November 21 and...

November 4, 2014
Up to $1.15 Million Available to Small Businesses for New Products or Technologies that Expand Geothermal Markets

The Energy Department announced funds targeted to small businesses in two separate geothermal subtopics: a) innovations to develop under-utilized...

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...

July 31, 2014
Studies Aid in Optimizing Water Use in Geothermal Applications

Geothermal energy water conservation is a vital concern for this clean energy sector. Read more about how the Energy Department is undertaking safe...

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...
July 9, 2014
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...
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...

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 ...
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...

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...
January 10, 2014
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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...

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 substa...