Friday, July 13, 2018

USA, New Zealand: Collaboration to Advance Geothermal Energy

Energy Coming Out of the Ground (DesignNews)

Geothermal energy has great worldwide potential: A new collaboration between the US and New Zealand intends to expand its use.

The new collaboration agreement between the US and New Zealand is wide-ranging. In addition to accelerating the availability of geothermal technologies worldwide, it also looks to examine areas of interest such as induced seismic activity and mineral recovery.

The proposed areas of joint development and improvement include “…modeling tools, mineral recovery, direct use applications, and supercritical geothermal systems,” according to the US Department of Energy (DOE) release. “This new research partnership with New Zealand will connect experts from both countries to collaborate on a mutually beneficial basis to advance and accelerate the development of geothermal technologies,” said Timothy Unruh, deputy assistant secretary for renewable power at the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

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