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A Roadmap to Geothermal Heat Pump Feasibility

by Kathy Chambers 28 Feb, 2013 in Technology


A Roadmap to Geothermal Heat Pump Feasibility

Planning a trip is exciting. I can’t tell you how long my family planned our trip out west.  For so many years we wanted to do this. When we finally hit the road our adventure was more than we could have possibly imagined.  

The landscape was always changing, always beautiful. Cattle ranches stretched out to infinity. Mountain peaks formed by ancient volcanos lined up in rows, one after another. Rivers of black jagged lava flowed over the landscape. We came across rainbow colors of the painted desert, a petrified forest of long ago, and the jaw-dropping expanse of the Grand Canyon. A winding road down from Flagstaff led us into the red cliffs of Sedona and on the cacti-spotted landscape of the Sonoran desert. The further we went, the more we appreciated vast mother earth. 

Our earth has an immense reservoir of geothermal energy that has helped to create this amazing landscape. Geothermal energy is the heat contained within the earth—a clean, reliable, and renewable energy. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers have made great progress harnessing this energy to make our lives better. It can be used as an energy-efficient heating and cooling alternative and can generate vast electric power across the United States. (Read more about DOE’s Geothermal Program and find geothermal energy research results in the Energy Citations Database.)

The Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) is one of DOE’s high-impact technologies that are currently being researched by the Building...

Related Topics: Building Technologies Program, EERE, energy consumption, geothermal, heat pumps, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, renewable energy


Fuel Cells to market?

DOE has outlined a Market Transformation strategy for demonstrating the commercial viability of fuel cell power in applications for which there is a business case, and com­municating the potential environmental and economic benefits of the clean energy technologies.  Current results of an ongoing multiyear study of fuel-cell powered vehicles, supported by the DOE EERE [abstract and full text in OSTI’s Information Bridge] were published in February 2012. The report includes recommendations to the Energy Department about needs for investigation during the remaining 3-4 years of the study and about ways to commercialize the technology. 

Read about the many technologies and products supported by DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program in Pathways to Commercial SuccessRead more about fuel cell research found in OSTI Collections.

By Kathy Chambers, OSTI Staff

Related Topics: EERE, fuel cells, Information Bridge (IB)