Mines to receive $1.7M in DoE grants for geothermal energy research
GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 20, 2011 – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced $38 million over three years for projects to accelerate the development of promising geothermal energy technologies and help diversify America's sources of clean, renewable energy.
Thirty-two innovative projects in 14 states – including two at Colorado School of Mines – will develop and test new ways to locate geothermal resources and improve resource characterization, drilling, and reservoir engineering techniques, which will enable geothermal energy sources to help reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels.
"The Department of Energy is investing in pioneering new technologies that will further develop the nation's geothermal resources, create skilled jobs for American workers, and help diversify our energy portfolio," said Secretary Chu. "The projects announced today will provide opportunities for clean energy innovations that will ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in geothermal energy development and expand the nation's use of this important renewable energy resource."
The two Mines projects include:
- $1.1 million for a project that will link reservoir temperature estimates with mineral analysis to aid discovery of unknown geothermal resources.
- $630,000 for a project that will develop an advanced processing framework for survey data to reduce the cost of geothermal exploration.