Pitching energy dominance – President Trump might be helping geothermal energy
A recent article by CleanTechnica draws an interesting picture on the Trump administration, its approach to energy dominance and recent activities by the U.S. DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office.
An interesting article, published by CleanTechnica in the U.S., the author draws an interesting picture of the current state of affairs as related to geothermal energy in the current political climate of the Trump administration in the U:S.
With a focus predominantly on fossil fuels as tool for U.S. energy dominance, funding for R&D has also found its way into renewable energy technologies.
So while wind, solar, and hydro dominate the renewable energy discussions, a possible new round of R&D that could “propel the U.S. geothermal industry out of the doldrums.”, so the article.
The article describes the regular news coming out of the Geothermal Technologies Office of the Department of Energy, with the latest one on”the first steps toward an R&D program seeking ways to lower the cost of drilling” announced last month.
With drilling being one if not the major cost element in geothermal development, this focus is seen as timely and helpful.
The GeoVision “planning initiative identifies two main pathways to low-cost drilling: reducing the cost of materials, and shrinking the timetable.”
With the large potential for geothermal development in the U.S., overall development has largely lagged behind other nations in recent years.
The article provides further details and analysis of the current state and how things could be changing for the U.S. geothermal sector.
Lots is going on and other activities by the Geothermal Technologies Office are promising. So lets see where things are heading.