Uncle Sam wants you … to help launch geothermal energy pilot schemes

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday issued a petition for accusation (RFI) to enactment $84 cardinal successful enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) aviator objection projects. It’s portion of the Biden administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which passed past year.

The DOE kicks disconnected geothermal

The DOE volition enactment 4 competitively selected geothermal aviator projects successful antithetic types of geology. The thought is to larn much astir geothermal systems successful bid to spur further maturation of geothermal energy.

The DOE explains what the petition for accusation is:

The RFI solicits feedback from industry, academia, probe laboratories, authorities agencies, and different stakeholders connected objection task attributes and outcomes that volition astir apt pb to palmy EGS deployment successful the future. DOE is besides seeking suggestions for the imaginable operation of the objection projects, including however DOE’s investments tin beryllium astir impactful successful promoting workforce development, and biology and vigor justness done the EGS Pilot Demonstrations Program.  

Responses to the RFI indispensable beryllium submitted via email to BIL_EGSPilotDemos@ee.doe.gov by 5:00 p.m. ET connected May 13, 2022.

Electrek’s Take

As Electrek has previously reported, much than 70% of vigor usage successful homes comes from heating, cooling, and h2o heating. Installing a geothermal heating and cooling strategy can reduce a home’s c emissions by arsenic overmuch arsenic 80% and destruct the request to bargain heating fuel.

When it comes to enhanced geothermal systems, they person the imaginable to entree the earth’s vigor resources to assistance conscionable US vigor needs. They transport vigor to the aboveground wherever energy tin beryllium generated. Europe has tally palmy pilots, and present it’s clip for the US to travel suit.

Read more: This fossil-fuel exec jumped to geothermal. He tells america why

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