Geothermal Fellows Program with the U.S. Department of Energy

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Science, Technology, and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects in Washington, D.C. Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE’s mission in the future.

The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is committed to reduce costs and risks associated with geothermal development by supporting innovative technologies that address key technical and operational challenges. The GTO portfolio includes research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) activities spanning geothermal power, heating, and cooling technologies such as district heating and geothermal heat pumps, and thermal energy storage. There is also a key focus within GTO on integrating energy equity and environmental justice, workforce development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities into individual awards and overarching initiatives.

The Geothermal Technologies Office seeks talented and innovative individuals to engage in innovation and collaboration in clean energy initiatives. This Fellowship will last one year, with the opportunity to renew for additional years at the discretion of the sponsoring office. As a Geothermal Fellow, you will have the opportunity to engage with one of GTO’s Four Subprograms:

  1. Data, Modeling, and Analysis (DMA)Team:
    1. DMA takes a holistic analytical approach across the GTO’s technology portfolio with the aim of enabling further deployment of geothermal resources. The goal of the DMA subprogram is to identify and address barriers to geothermal adoption in the U.S. and validate and assess technical progress across the geothermal sector to inform the direction and prioritization of GTO RDD&D.
    2. Projects may include:
      1. Identifying strategies for overcoming the policy and regulatory barriers to deploying more geothermal power in the U.S.
      2. Research and design implementation strategies for quantifying the value of geothermal energy through engagement with stakeholders such as electric and gas utilities.
      3. Expand the depth and breadth of geothermal representation and contributions to a variety of DOE techno-economic, performance, and grid models.
  2. Hydrothermal Team:
    1. The Hydrothermal subprogram supports R&D that can lower cost and risk throughout the lifecycle of a hydrothermal project to bring more hydrothermal power online, from exploration and resource confirmation, to drilling and field development, to reservoir management over multi-decadal timescales. The subprogram also supports R&D for extracting critical materials or other strategic minerals from geothermal brines to maximize the ancillary benefits of geothermal resources.
  3. EGS Team:
    1. The focus of the EGS subprogram is to gain an evidence-based understanding of basic and applied science challenges surrounding long-term subsurface heat flow, permeability enhancement, and stress evolution to enable development of sustainable, human-made heat exchangers. In the long term, strengthening the body of EGS knowledge through RD&D will enable industry to develop a baseload energy resource as shown in the GeoVision report.
  4. Low Temperature Team:
    1. The Low Temperature subprogram supports R&D on the direct use of thermal resources for process and space heating applications, geothermal heat pumps, district-scale geothermal heating and cooling systems, and deep direct use geothermal resource development.