U.S. Geothermal Technologies Office releases 5-year program plan


GTO multi-year program plan for 2022-2026 (document title – screenshot)

The U.S. Department of Health’s Office of Geothermal Technology has published a comprehensive and detailed multi-year program plan to help it achieve its strategic goals in advancing geothermal deployments.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Geothermal Technology released its multi-year program plan (MYPP) this week.

The plan sets out the GTO’s vision and mission and presents a high-level technological plan to accelerate the development of geothermal technologies over the next five years. Access the document here (pdf).

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The Office of Geothermal Technology has identified the following three strategic goals:

Strategic goal 1: Move to a carbon-free grid, supplying 60 GW of EGS and deploying hydrothermal resources by 2050.

Strategic goal 2: Decarbonise the load on heating and cooling buildings by seizing the economic potential for 17,500 geothermal district heating (CHP) installations and installing geothermal heat pumps (GTP) in 28 million households nationwide by 2050.

Strategic goal 3: Enhancing economic, environmental and social justice through the expansion of geothermal technologies.

As outlined in the plan document, the GTO plans to achieve these three strategic goals through research, development, demonstration, and deployment in six research areas. This multi-year program plan (MYPP) outlines these areas of research and related technical objectives, which include five technical areas and one less technical agnostic area (geothermal integration and awareness). Progress in each area is crucial to meeting the prospects of geothermal energy in both the electricity and heating and cooling sectors.

Area of ​​research goals set to achieve goals:

  • Research and characterization
  • Accessibility of the subsoil
  • Improve subsoil and resilience
  • Resource maximization
  • Data, modeling and analysis
  • Geothermal integration and awareness
GTO Strategic Plan and Terms of Reference (source: DOE GTO, plan document)

The program’s multi-year plan includes 18 specific performance targets to measure progress and adjust research plans along the way. In the program, these objectives provide details of various research objectives that address advanced geothermal systems, hydrothermal resources, low-temperature and co-production resources, and data, modeling, and analysis.

See the full report at the link below.

Source: DOE

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