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Nevada in the running for new geothermal laboratory

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Alexander Richter 28 Apr 2015

The new US DOE FORGE laboratory will push the boundaries of research in EGS and could be located in Nevada.

According to local news, the Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid today announced that Nevada has received $ 2.1 million in the first phase of a competition to host the Centre for Geothermal Research (FORGE, for its acronym in English) of the Department of Energy. The FORGE laboratory, which would focus on next generation scientific research for geothermal energy technology, would be located in Fallon, Nevada. Depending on future restrictions bills awards, this lab could receive up to $ 30 million from the Department of Energy and perhaps millions more. Nevada’s team is being led by Sandia National Laboratories, and includes the University of Nevada-Reno, Ormat Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Navy. Earlier this year, Sen. Reid worked with the US Navy and various stakeholder groups to advance this project Nevada.

“Nevada is ideal for the new Geothermal Energy Department lab placement. The national laboratory has to be in Nevada; Nevada has consolidated as a leader in renewable energy, “said Senator Reid. “It is important that this research in Enhanced Geothermal Systems – the next generation of geothermal technology – takes place in the Silver State. For decades, Nevada has been the epicenter of geothermal energy in the United States. This laboratory will continue the story of Nevada to convert geothermal resources in jobs and economic growth. Nevada can lead the nation and the world in this new technology and help expand the scale and the benefits of geothermal energy throughout the country.”

Source: Metro Noticias Las Vegas