Today at Berkeley Lab

DOE Awards Lab $5 Million to Advance Geothermal Energy Technologies

A Berkeley Lab project to investigate coupling geothermal energy production with carbon capture and storage was awarded $5 million from the Department of Energy. The award, announced last Thursday by DOE, is one of eight projects selected by DOE to receive up to $11.3 million to support the research and development of pioneering geothermal technologies. Barry Freifeld (pictured) of the Earth Sciences Division is the principal investigator of the Berkeley Lab project, which will develop new ways to produce electricity from superheated and pressurized carbon dioxide in deep geothermal formations. The technology involves a turbine fed directly with geothermally heated supercritical CO2. The project involves collaborators from several other institutions. More>