Thursday, August 18, 2016

USA: Four Geothermal Projects Get a Boost from DOE

Energy Department Awards 43 New Business-Laboratory Collaborations Under Small Business Vouchers Pilot (DOE/EERE)

Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot.

With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

Four collaborations in the geothermal area will include exploring a recently discovered geothermal resource in Nevada, ensuring that new geothermal extraction and storage solutions are ready for the market, and developing lower-cost methods for extracting rare earth elements critical to clean energy technologies.

Anactisis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Anactisis will work with the national labs to further its selective extraction technologies for energy critical materials. This work will allow Anactisis to diversify and strengthen high risk commodity markets by exploiting unconventional resources. Working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Elko Heat Co., City of Wells, Nevada
Elko Heat Company and the City of Wells will utilize geologic data collected since the early 1980s, including data collected following the 2008 Wells earthquake, to develop an integrated conceptual model of the region’s geothermal resources using spatial and subsurface spatial and subsurface analytical tools. This work aims to produce a resource model of the area that will reveal the most
productive sites for drilling targets and direct use applications. Working with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Greenfire Energy, Emeryville, California
GreenFire Energy Inc. will receive assistance modeling the creation and behavior of a small fracture system in hot, impermeable rock as part of its CO2-based geothermal power system. Working with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Hyperlight Energy, La Jolla, California
Hyperlight Energy will involve thermal modeling, assessment, and evaluation in support of thermal battery storage options for use in solar thermal/geothermal hybrid power plants. Working with National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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