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DOE's Granholm: "The United States has incredible, untapped potential for clean geothermal power"

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Officials at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) field laboratory revealed an investment of up to $44 million.

The funding will be used for projects that develop and test technology to foster innovation in the field of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), according to a news release from the DOE.

"The United States has incredible, untapped potential for clean geothermal power to help meet our energy needs with a round-the-clock resource available across the country," Jennifer Granholm, secretary of energy, said in the news release. "These new investments at FORGE, the flagship of our EGS research, can help us find the most innovative, cost-effective solutions and accelerate our work toward wide-scale geothermal deployment and support President [Joe] Biden's ambitious climate goals."

The DOE attached the news release to a Twitter post on Monday.

"Hot off the press: We're investing up to $44M to expand geothermal tools and technologies, which comes with the opportunity to add more clean power to the grid and directly heat and cool millions of homes – all using the Earth's natural heat," the post said.

The investment will go into approximately 17 awards intended to build upon FORGE's history of EGS research, the news release noted. Applicants must submit research proposals in five fields: seismicity monitoring protocols, novel reservoir stimulation techniques, experiments on EGS heat extraction efficiency, materials to sustain flow pathways in EGS reservoirs, and tools that can withstand high temperatures while isolating zones within the wellbore.

Visit the FORGE website for more information.

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