Thursday, September 20, 2018

USA: Tapping Geothermal Energy to Advance New Energy Storage Applications

Geothermal Technologies Could Push Energy Storage Beyond Batteries (NREL)

Compressed-air storage in gas wells, geothermal energy in cold-climate communities, and geothermal-solar hybrid technology could offer new options for energy storage.

Three new projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will tap geothermal energy to advance new energy storage applications as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative. The newly funded projects will explore unconventional uses of geothermal technologies to improve grid reliability, resilience, and security.

The Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office announced eight new projects via the Beyond Batteries Lab Call. NREL will be leading two of these projects and will be supporting a third.