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Department of Energy to Issue Funding Opportunity: Technology Advancement for Rapid Development of Geothermal Resources in the U.S.

May 9, 2011

In early June 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement to expand its partnership with the geothermal community on geothermal systems research and development throughout the United States in order to support GTP's goal of lowering the cost of geothermal energy to $0.06 per kilowatt hour.

The Notice of Intent is designed to provide an opportunity for potential applicants to begin developing partnerships and begin the process of gathering data to prepare their application.

GTP's goal is to address the high exploration and drilling risks and costs for geothermal development and key technical barriers for enhanced geothermal systems in reservoir creation and sustainability. GTP hopes to achieve this goal by obtaining ideas to advance current drilling, reservoir engineering, and characterization technologies in order to identify and develop sustainable reservoirs at lower cost in the following topic areas:

  • Advanced Exploratory Drilling Technologies
  •  Advanced Well Completion Technologies
  • Zonal Isolation
  • Observation Tools and Data Collection System for Reservoir Stimulation
  • Geophysical Exploration Technologies
  • Geochemistry/Rock-Fluid Interactions

For more information, see the notice of intent at FedConnect.

Learn more about NREL’s geothermal projects and capabilities.

—Devin Egan