Friday, December 13, 2019

USA: Legislation Would Provide Geothermal Technologies Office With Critical Funding and Program Direction

Bipartisan Science Committee Bill Will Advance Geothermal Research (Press Release)

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member  Frank Lucas and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced a bill today to advance geothermal energy technologies. Geothermal energy systems draw from the constant and naturally occurring heat that radiates beneath the surface of the earth.

H.R. 5374, the Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act, authorizes enhanced early-stage geothermal research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). H.R. 5374 prioritizes the fundamental research needed to develop and test advanced technologies to better capture and utilize geothermal energy.

The Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act provides the DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office with critical funding and program direction to enable innovative research in advanced geothermal technologies. It will help develop the talent pool needed to implement geothermal energy systems and it will encourage international collaboration. More specifically, it will authorize and expand the Department of Energy’s early-stage research in enhanced geothermal systems and the major facilities needed to support this work. It also authorizes a new program in advanced geothermal computing and data science research and development. This will leverage DOE’s best-in-the-world computational capabilities to provide geothermal researchers with modeling and simulation tools that will allow them to more accurately model complex subsurface systems.