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Energy Production with Innovative Methods of Geothermal Heat Recovery

Open Date: 08/19/2010

Close Date: 10/01/2010

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000336


The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) is partnering with the technical community to advance geothermal systems research and development throughout the United States. The FOA marks an investment of up to $15 million to spur the design and validation of innovative methods for geothermal heat recovery. This FOA is part of the program's larger strategy of reaching beyond geothermal communities to elicit expertise from the carbon sequestration, oil and gas, mining, environmental management, and academic communities. GTP has a particular interest in permeable sedimentary formations, a widespread geologic resource with a number of reservoirs in regions with high electricity costs.

The FOA seeks to fund geothermal energy research and development projects that address the following three (3) areas. First, projects must address environmental risk factors associated with recovery of heat from the subsurface and seek to ensure that geothermal energy development is consistent with the highest practicable standards, consistent with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) section 614. The environmental risks may include, but are not limited to, the impacts of induced seismicity, effects on groundwater and local hydrology, and consumption (and potential contamination) of potable/fresh water. Second, DOE seeks projects that will add innovative methods for extracting heat from geologic formations lacking hydrocarbons to GTP's technology portfolio. Third, projects should aim to reduce the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for new methods of geothermal energy production to $0.10 kWh to $0.06 kWh. DOE's objective is to promote geothermal heat recovery technologies that mitigate or preclude potential adverse environmental impacts of geothermal energy development, production or use; include innovative methods for extracting heat; and alleviate financial risks.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

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Last updated: 08/20/2010

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.