Scientists from the Energy Geosciences Division have begun working with European partners on three new geothermal research projects through the Department of Energy’s membership in GEOTHERMICA, a transnational consortium that combines the in-country financial resources and research expertise of 15 participating countries to demonstrate and validate novel concepts in geothermal energy use. This marks the first time that the United States will participate in the consortium founded by 13 European nations in 2018.
One of the projects is led by Berkeley Lab under the direction of staff scientist Yves Guglielmi, and EGD researchers will participate in two other GEOTHERMICA projects, one led by Reykjavik Energy and another by ETH Zurich, also known as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
Pat Dobson, Berkeley Lab staff scientist and Geothermal Systems Program Lead, is overseeing the laboratory’s participation in GEOTHERMICA. More information about these collaborations is available here in the initial announcement.