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DOE offers geothermal research funding for small businesses

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Carlo Cariaga 13 Dec 2021

DOE-GTO is offering funding for small businesses who aim to develop geothermal technologies addressing present and future energy challenges and needs

The Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) has announced a funding opportunity for small businesses who aim to develop equitable and inclusive innovative technology solutions for current and future energy challenges and needs. The GTO is currently soliciting applications for the funding. Letters for intent are due on January 3, 2022 while the full applications should be submitted by February 22, 2022.

For those who wish to learn more about this opportunity, a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) webinar will be held on December 17, 2021. The webinar link will be posted on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBRI) website.

The GTO has released a list of specific areas of interest for the research funding including:

  • Development of effective strategies and products for communicating the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling solutions to communities.
  • Innovative solutions for linking geothermal heating and cooling experts to rural and remote communities without a local workforce or the resources to bring in an expert from outside their region.
  • Training materials and curricula for HVAC installers’ professional development on geothermal heating/cooling installation and its benefits.
  • Software to help communities apply to DOE opportunities, collect information, and generate applications and submission packets.

However, opportunities are not limited to these areas of interest.

Source: Department of Energy