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June 29, 2011

DOE Awards More Than $11 Million to Advance Geothermal Energy Technologies

DOE announced on June 23 that eight projects in five states—California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas, and Utah—have been selected to receive up to $11.3 million to support the research and development of pioneering geothermal technologies. The projects selected will foster innovation in the technologies and methods used to generate geothermal power. The innovations will help strengthen U.S. energy security and increase America's competitiveness in the global clean energy economy.

The projects aim to develop fundamentally new ways of producing electricity from the Earth's heat. Selected projects will conduct feasibility studies in a first phase that includes technical and economic modeling and component design for technologies that recover geothermal heat for electricity production. Project selected for the second phase will then validate the designs in real-world environments. The selected projects are part of DOE efforts to reduce the cost of geothermal energy so that it can be competitive with conventional sources of electricity. See the DOE press release and Geothermal Technologies Program website.