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DOE Announces Funding Notice for Enhanced Geothermal Systems Pilot Demos

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden in November 2021, authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy to support up to seven pilot projects in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). The department recently announced its funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for up to $74 million to support EGS pilot demonstration projects.

The EGS program is looking to research, develop and demonstrate projects to facilitate technologies, reduce costs and improve the performance of EGS. There are four topic areas including “ESG Proximal,” “EGS Green Field,” “Super-Hot / Supercritical EGS” and “Eastern-U.S. EGS.”

With the geological and technology innovation expertise already in the energy services sector, this FOA or other enhanced geothermal systems opportunities could be leveraged by the Energy Workforce membership. The pilot demonstrations will act as models, experiments, design validations and opportunities for collaboration.

Key Details

Geothermal Technologies Office 
FOA number: DE-FOA-0002826
Link to apply: Apply on EERE Exchange
FOA Amount: 
$74 million 
First Round Letters of Intent Due: 
March 8, 2023
First Round Full Applications Due: 
June 16, 2023 (corrected)

More information on the funding notice can be found on the Department of Energy website including the quick guide on eligibility and how to apply. The FOA may remain open for up to 48 months, with review cycles occurring every eight months.

If your company has questions about the opportunity, contact Sr. Director Energy Policy Maria Suarez-Simmons.

Maria Suarez-Simmons, Senior Director Energy Policy, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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