According to Renewable Energy World, geothermal energy is clean, sustainable energy which is generated from the heat within the Earth. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the Earth’s surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.
The good news about geothermal energy is that “the US Department of Energy has just announced five projects for the first part of the multiphase Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) effort. The FORGE initiative is part of President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. A total of $2 million will be awarded for the first phase which is dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).
This could potentially unlock a domestic, geographically diverse and carbon free source of clean energy which could in turn supply up to 100 million homes in the US. The first two phases of FORGE will provide up to $31 million over two years for selected teams.
“Through these kinds of critical investments in renewable energy, the Department is helping develop cost-effective technologies for engineering geothermal systems that supply affordable, zero-carbon energy to millions of American homes and businesses” said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr. “Enhanced geothermal systems could represent the next frontier of renewable energy and hold the potential to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio while reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.”