In early June 2011, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to expand its partnership with the geothermal community on geothermal systems research and development (R&D) throughout the United States in order to support GTP’s goal of lowering the cost of geothermal energy to 6 ¢/kWh.
GTP issued a Notice of Intent (DE-FOA-0000547) designed to provide an opportunity for potential applicants to begin developing partnerships and begin the process of gathering data to prepare their application.
GTP’s goal is to address the high exploration and drilling risks and costs for geothermal development and key technical barriers for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) in reservoir creation and sustainability. GTP hopes to achieve this goal by obtaining ideas to advance current drilling, reservoir engineering, and characterization technologies in order to identify and develop sustainable reservoirs at lower cost in the following Topic Areas:
- Advanced Exploratory Drilling Technologies
- Advanced Well Completion Technologies
- Zonal Isolation
- Observation Tools and Data Collection System for Reservoir Stimulation
- Geophysical Exploration Technologies
- Geochemistry/Rock-Fluid Interactions