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SXSW Eco 2016

Geothermal: FORGE & the Next Big Get in Renewables

Rocks at depth are often hot, and sometimes contain hot fluids. If conditions are right, these fluids can be brought to the Earth’s surface to use for geothermal power production; these conventional geothermal reservoirs are naturally found in only a finite number of places. Scientist are working on technologies to create artificial versions of these reservoirs, generating power anywhere there are hot rocks. To assist in this effort, the Energy Department is investing in the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), promoting transformative science & engineering, addressing barriers in Enhanced Geothermal System, pursuing the next big get in renewables: geothermal.

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  1. What does the current renewable energy landscape look like? What is geothermal energy’s current role in that landscape?
  2. Why does the federal government invest in geothermal energy research?
  3. What does the future of geothermal energy look like? Why should geothermal energy matter to you and how can you get involved?
  4. What are the latest advancements within the geothermal energy?



Samantha Shiffman, Research Analyst, BCS Incorporated

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