## DOE to issue funding opportunity on lithium extraction and conversion from geothermal brines

##### 05 October 2022

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0002823) that will support research on the extraction and conversion of lithium from geothermal brines for use of lithium batteries in electric vehicles and clean energy storage. Geothermal brines—a byproduct of geothermal power—have become a proven,... Read more →

## Chevron and MOECO to collaborate on Advanced Closed Loop geothermal technology

##### 26 September 2022

Chevron New Energies, and Mitsui Oil Exploration (MOECO) signed a Joint Collaboration Agreement to explore the technical and commercial feasibility of advanced geothermal power generation in Japan. Building on Chevron and MOECO’s long-standing relationship, the new collaboration will study geothermal resource potential across Japan and will evaluate the effectiveness of... Read more →

Lars Carlstrom, the founder-CEO of Italvolt, announced the launch of a new company, Statevolt, which will construct a 54GWh Gigafactory in Imperial Valley, southern California with an expected CapEx of $4 billion. To launch the new facility, Statevolt has also signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Controlled Thermal Resources... Read more → The Salton Sea geothermal field in California potentially holds enough lithium to meet all of the US’ domestic battery needs, with even enough left over to export some of it. (Earlier post.) There are currently 11 commercial plants at the Salton Sea field producing geothermal energy, a process in which... Read more → ## DOE awards$8.4M for accessing geothermal potential from abandoned oil and gas wells

## DOE awards $5.5M to apply machine learning to geothermal exploration ##### 06 May 2019 The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to$5.5 million for 10 new projects to apply machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration and production. Machine learning—the use of advanced algorithms to identify patterns in and make inferences from data—could assist in finding and developing new geothermal resources. If applied... Read more →

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report, “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014”,... Read more →

## California approves another $18M for clean energy projects;$12M for alternative vehicles

##### 26 October 2009

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 37 energy research projects for $151 million in funding through the recently formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). This is the first round of projects funded under ARPA-E, which is receiving total of$400 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Among... Read more →

PNNL’s metal-organic heat carrier (MOHC) in the biphasic fluid may help improve thermodynamic efficiency of the heat recovery process. This image represents the molecular makeup of one of several MOHCs. Source: PNNL. Click to enlarge. Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a... Read more →

## Potter Drilling to Test Oxford Catalysts’ Instant Steam Technology in Drilling Geothermal Wells

##### 21 May 2009

Oxford Catalysts Group PLC has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Potter Drilling, Inc., a google.org funded company, to explore the incorporation of Oxford Catalysts’ Instant Steam technology (earlier post) into Potter Drilling’s hydrothermal spallation technology for drilling geothermal wells. Geothermal wells can be slow and expensive to... Read more →

## Johnson Controls Expands Into Solar, Geothermal, Wind, Biomass and Other Renewables

##### 20 February 2007

Johnson Controls, Inc. is expanding its business into designing, installing and servicing geothermal, solar, biomass, wind and other renewable sources as energy supply options for customers. Johnson Controls is a global leader in interior experience, building efficiency and power solutions. Johnson Controls provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles,... Read more →

## Ormat and DOE to Validate Electricity Generation from Oilfield Heat

##### 25 January 2007

Ormat binary geothermal power generation system. Click to enlarge. Ormat Technologies, Inc., a geothermal and recovered energy business, has signed a shared-cost Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to validate the feasibility of using geothermal power generation technology for the production of commercial... Read more →

## MIT-Led Study: Geothermal Could Supply Substantial Portion of Future US Power Need

##### 22 January 2007

Schematic of a conceptual two-well Enhanced Geothermal System in hot rock in a low-permeability crystalline basement formation. Click to enlarge. A comprehensive new MIT-led study of the potential for geothermal energy within the United States has found that Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) technology could supply a substantial portion of US... Read more →