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Idaho National Laboratory, in coordination with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, leads the Snake River Geothermal Consortium team, and was among five teams chosen to examine sites across the United States.

IDAHO FALLS – On April 27, the United States Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) announced that the Snake River Geothermal Consortium (SRGC) was selected for a Phase 1 award to study the feasibility of establishing an enhanced geothermal system (EGS) field laboratory on the INL site under the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program. Idaho National Laboratory (INL), in coordination with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), leads the SRGC team, and was among five teams chosen to examine sites across the United States.
Award funding will allow the SRGC team to develop plans to advance the proposed EGS laboratory site on Idaho National Laboratory’s lands. The field site is located along the Yellowstone Hotspot and will allow the team to capitalize on the favorable geologic conditions found on the Snake River Plain, including world-class subsurface heat flow and favorable geologic stress conditions.

Dr. Robert Podgorney, INL researcher and Director of the Snake River Geothermal Consortium, heads the INL-led team. “Monday’s announcement was an important first step for enhancing U.S. renewable energy options. It is also an opportunity for Idaho to once again provide leadership in geothermal energy research and development. We’re excited to pursue this influential research right here in the region,” said Podgorney.

The potential for collaborative partnerships is also a promising aspect of the award. “This is a great example of how the national labs will operate in the future, developing highly competitive industry, academic, government and laboratory partnerships that increase US energy security and economic competitiveness; INL and CAES are national leaders in this regard, and FORGE is a great example of what we can do in the future” said Steven Aumeier, INL Associate Laboratory Director and Director of CAES.

Read more in the EERE news release.