Gaining Steam

A steady, reliable, enormous, practically inexhaustible, carbon-free source of electric power, one capable of producing three times the wattage the United States generates each year, is right under our feet. Or more accurately, way under our feet, where it has long tantalized geothermal energy experts.

Now the very technologies that ushered in America’s oil and gas boom may be putting this resource within reach. A collaboration between Mines and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working across several fronts to use the tools of modern hydrocarbon extraction to exploit a potentially game-changing clean energy resource…  Read more….