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

Geothermal Technologies Office

Geothermal Brine Brings Low-Cost Power with Big Potential

April 25, 2013

Photo in front of the company's

Pictured here in front of the company's "Green Machine" installation from left to right: John Fox, CEO of ElectraTherm; Timothy Reinhardt, Energy Department physical scientist; and Joel Murphy, general manager of the Florida Canyon Mine for Jipangu International. Photo courtesy of Electratherm.


Thanks to a $1 million Geothermal Technologies Office investment, heat from geothermal fluids--a byproduct of gold mining--will be generating electricity this year for less than 6ยข a kilowatt/hr, with ElectraTherm's new plug-and-play technology. Building on this first-of-its-kind success, this emission-free electricity is the first in the nation to be generated from cost-free geothermal brine at a mine operation, and the technology has the potential for extremely broad application in many parts of the country, including oil and gas operations. Today's ribbon cutting at the Florida Canyon Mine in Nevada marks the beginning of another promising clean energy commercial enterprise.

ElectraTherm press release

Geothermal Technologies Office: Low-Temperature Geothermal Resources