The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $12 million in funding for seven research projects to advance the commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) — manmade reservoirs that produce clean, renewable energy. EGS development could expand U.S. geothermal energy capabilities and extend the use of geothermal energy into new geographic areas across the country. The selected projects are part of DOE’s efforts to deploy innovative solutions to help achieve the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and a carbon-free grid by 2035.
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Microsoft’s new campus will run on geothermal energy – but what exactly is it and can it really help combat climate change?
Microsoft is using geothermal energy from deep underground to power its new sustainable campus in the United States. The computing giant is building 93,000 square metres of new workspace on 29 hectares of its Redmond campus, east of Seattle in Washington state, as part of its pledge to be carbon negative by 2030.
The US has yet to tap its vast geothermal energy resources, and a movement is finally afoot to kick the domestic industry into high gear. That includes the iconic coal and gas producing state of West Virginia. I know, right? Shocker! The Mountain State’s geothermal gold mine may come as a surprise to some, but there it is, and it could help grow a whole new job-creating field in the energy business.
Miles below the Earth’s surface, there’s enough thermal energy to power all of humanity for the foreseeable future. It’s called geothermal energy, and it’s poised to play an increasingly large role as a source of always available, renewable power. Now, there are a number of startups in the geothermal space, working to figure out how to access this heat in difficult to reach geographies, at a price point that makes sense. And it’s even gotten the attention of oil and gas industry giants, who are interested in greening their portfolios while sticking to their core competencies – extracting energy resources from deep within the Earth.
The geothermal energy industry has never realized its true potential in the US, despite the seemingly magical promise of nonstop, 24/7 renewable energy sitting just below the surface of the Earth. However, it seems like things are finally starting to gel. No, for real! For the inside scoop on the prospects for a geothermal revolution CleanTechnica sought out Nneka Uzoh, the director of energy innovation at the climate-tech accelerator Elemental Excelerator.
An example of a ground source heat pump system, extracting both heat and cooling from the ground underneath a Kansas courthouse.
Utilities could prove useful partners in the projects, which involve drilling, trenching and laying pipe to bring underground heat into buildings.
The University of Utah achieved more than 50% of its energy needs covered by renewables adding a geothermal power purchase agreement in 2018 and has now upped its share of renewable energy to 71% with a new contract for solar power aimed for peak-load demand.
Geothermal energy is growing, spreading beyond traditional volcanic regions like Iceland and New Zealand. While using the earth’s heat to generate heat and electricity is nothing new, what has changed is that technology is now allowing the use of lower temperature geothermal sources that are common in countries with no obvious volcanic activities nearby.
The Dutch agriculture sector, particularly the greenhouse sector is showing the world the way on sustainable horticulture for food production, with geothermal energy as a key ingredient.
The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a website with great resources on geothermal energy potential in the United States, including data, maps, publications and more.The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a website with great resources on geothermal energy potential in the United States, including data, maps, publications and more.