The U.S. Energy Department will provide nearly $4.45 million for four projects supporting early-stage research and development of tools and technologies for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), the department announced Wednesday.
EGS, or manmade geothermal reservoirs, have the potential to provide a stable and secure source of renewable power across the nation, the department said.
According to the department's statement, the projects seek to improve the performance and increase the cost-effectiveness of EGS through research in zonal isolation.
Investing in EGS technologies could lead to more than 100 gigawatts (GW) of economically viable, electric generating capacity in the continental United States, which currently stands at 3.8 GW.
By Gulsen Cagatay