U.S. DOE funding – geothermal wells of opportunity – deadline April 24, 2020

U.S. DOE funding – geothermal wells of opportunity – deadline April 24, 2020 Oil wells in the Central Valley, California/ U.S. (source: flickr/ Bill Abbott, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 14 Apr 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is extending the timeline for the Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002227, Geothermal Wells of Opportunity (WOO) FOA.

Through the Wells of Opportunity (WOO) FOA, EERE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is soliciting well owners or operators with “idle” wells that are willing to partner with DOE to advance and test EGS technologies in-situ. Due to the criticality of the technology prototyping and methodology testing phase of research and development in the innovation pipeline, this FOA focuses on active field testing, where the Federal government takes on the associated high cost and risks.

Topic Area 1 – Pilot (FORGE Test Wells):

The objective of this initiative is to select, prepare, permit, and repair idle wells for early-stage FORGE technology and methodology testing prior to or in lieu of testing in the FORGE Utah wells. These wells will be closely linked to the FORGE effort, contributing to the overall goals and mission of the FORGE initiative by enabling higher-risk technology testing.

Topic Area 2– Amplify (EGS Near-Field RD&D):

This field validation effort will culminate in new power production, adding to the economic viability of these existing geothermal fields and illustrating that near-field EGS can be successfully deployed now and that low permeability/unproductive wells near existing hydrothermal fields can be turned into valuable assets using EGS techniques.

Please carefully review the complete Funding Opportunity Announcement, which can be accessed under the “Documents” heading below.

FOA Q&A can also be accessed under the “Documents” heading. Please review the Q&A before submitting a question, as a similar question may already have been answered. Please include the Topic Area(s) with the question.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces hard deadlines for Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline should contact the Exchange Helpdesk for assistance at Applicants are responsible for meeting each submission deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

ATTENTION: Modification (0001) to FOA has been uploaded to Documents section below. Numerous updates including an extended Full Application Due Date are included. Please review.


Required application documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the “Required Application Documents” with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Contact information

Submission Deadline

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/24/2020 5:00 PM ET

Source: U.S. DOE