U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Geothermal Technologies Office

DOE Hosts Conference Call for Open Funding Opportunity Announcement

July 18, 2008

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) is hosting a one- to two-hour conference call for the geothermal community on Friday, July 25 at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT. The call is to discuss the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Research, Development, and Demonstration" that is currently open. Call in information will be provided on this site in the near future.  

GTP will provide a brief overview of the EGS FOA to be followed by a question and answer session, for which GTP will be required to follow DOE procurement guidelines.  Therefore, please submit questions in advance by using the “Submit Question” button in the upper left part of this Web site.   

The objective of this two-topic (FOA) is to solve critical Research & Development (R&D) needs for EGS technical feasibility and to increase the knowledge and understanding necessary for EGS to advance to a state of commercial readiness.  Brief descriptions of both Topic Areas are as follows:  

Topic Area 1: Component Technologies R&D The R&D projects funded under this Topic Area will meet the critical R&D needs identified in the DOE EGS Technology Evaluation Report.  DOE seeks projects that address key aspects of engineered reservoir creation, management, and utilization by developing tools and techniques useful to temperatures up to 300°C and depths as great as 10,000 m.    

Topic Area 2: System Demonstrations The projects funded under this Topic Area will characterize a geothermal system with low natural productivity, develop a plan to stimulate the productivity of the system, stimulate a well in the system and monitor the productivity or injectivity of the well in relation to other wells available in the system.  The projects will allow testing and validation of stimulation techniques for improving productivity of wells or increasing inter-well connectivity at existing geothermal fields.   

Use of available or experimental technologies from geothermal, petroleum or other relevant industries will be considered.     

You can read the full announcement here.

To join the call, the telephone number is 888-391-6568, and use the Passcode 61564.

Applications for the FOA are due at 11:59 pm EDT on August 12, 2008.  Answers to questions that are submitted will also be posted at the link above following the call.   DOE thanks you for your interest and input.