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Geothermal Research

NREL's geothermal analysts, scientists, and engineers perform a full range of research from developing advanced methods of locating and accessing geothermal resources to exploring innovative technologies to extract and produce clean energy from the heat of the earth.

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Impact Analysis

Conducting analyses to determine the viability of geothermal energy production and likelihood of economic success.

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Coproduction and Hybrid Systems

Exploring the potential benefits of combining geothermal with other renewable energy systems.

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Project Consulting

Working to reduce barriers and accelerate deployment and implementation of geothermal technologies.

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Exploration and Resource Assessment

Researching new approaches in geothermal assessment, decision making, and drilling.

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Sedimentary and Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Designing new models and studying new techniques to increase the production of geothermal energy.