Friday, June 11, 2010

DOE Backs New Technology Test After Troubled Calif. Geothermal Project

Land just outside the Newberry National Volcanic Monument will be the site of a new geothermal project to demonstrate a technology that has been controversial for its links with earthquakes but holds promise as a sustainable source of always-on power. The team will work with experts from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as researchers with the University of Oregon, the University of Utah, Texas A&M University and Temple University, and hopes to find results that can be applied more widely in the Cascade Mountains throughout Washington and Oregon, a region that has been assessed as a potential source of as much as 50,000 megawatts of geothermal power. More>