Today at Berkeley Lab

New Projects to Make Geothermal Energy More Economically Attractive

The California Energy Commission has awarded $2.7 million to the Lab for two geothermal projects, led by Kurt Nihei and Jonny Rutqvist of the Energy Geosciences Division. The projects, which will take place at The Geysers, located north of Calistoga, aim to make geothermal energy more cost-effective to deploy and operate. More>

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Peter Nico Announced as Program Domain Lead for Sustainable Energy Systems

Energy Geosciences Division Director Jens Birkholzer announced Peter Nico as the new Program Domain Lead for Sustainable Energy Systems (the newest and the most aspirational of EGD’s three Program Domains). Nico is a soil and environmental biogeochemist who studies transition metal redox processes and their impact on the fate and transport of environmental contaminants. More>

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BEST Field Projects Improve Water Management and Conservation

Researchers in the Energy Geosciences Division will play a key role in DOE’s Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST) field demonstration project at Plant Smith Generating Station in Florida. The will develop and validate engineering approaches for managing formation pressure, as well as plume movement in the subsurface, through brine extraction. More>

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Using Deep Learning to Picture all of the Earth’s Water

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to help them achieve precise, dynamic measurements of water levels around the world. Steven Glaser of the Energy Geosciences Division says most current water models are based on readings from the last 50 years. More>

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Energy Geosciences Names Dobson Program Lead for Geothermal Systems

Patrick Dobson has been named as the Program Lead for Geothermal Systems in the Energy Geosciences Division (the role was previously held by Mack Kennedy since 2001). Dobson will serve as a point of contact for the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office. More>

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