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Geothermal Energy Association Honors Two NRELians with Top Recognition

June 10, 2015

Dan Getman and Jordan Macknick were recognized by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) during its National Geothermal Summit on June 3, 2015, in Reno, Nevada.

Each year, GEA selects companies and individuals who have advanced technology, spurred economic development, and worked to protect the environment during the past year.

Dan developed, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, the Geothermal Prospector, a mapping tool that provides a data resource for visual exploration of geothermal resources. It produces and disseminates both exploration gap analysis and Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) planning and analysis.

Dan is the geospatial data science team lead in the Data Analysis and Visualization Group in the NREL Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC).

Also a member of SEAC, Jordan is an energy and environmental analyst within the Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group.

Jordan received the award for his work improving the understanding of geothermal water usage in a water-constrained region such as the West. His analysis helped improve the industry's knowledge on geothermal power's role in the future and how the industry can fit into different environments.

At NREL, Jordan leads energy-water nexus research activities and also evaluates environmental impacts of renewable energy technologies.

GEA is a U.S. trade association that supports the expanded use of geothermal energy and the development of geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses.

More information is also available on the DOE geothermal website.

—Linh Truong