The US Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking information to help it launch a USD-84-million (EUR 77.8m) programme for the demonstration of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).
The funding is included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, passed last year, with DOE tasked with supporting four competitively selected pilot projects that demonstrate EGS in different geologic conditions.
On Tuesday, it issued a request for information (RFI) asking industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies and other stakeholders to provide feedback by May 13 on developing the competition.
The department said the pilot projects could help further its goal of more than 60 GW of geothermal electricity-generating capacity by 2050. Tapping geothermal resources could also help fossil communities use existing infrastructure and skills to move to clean energy production, it noted.