National Geothermal Institute Established in Nevada

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the University of Nevada, Reno a US $1.2 million grant to develop and operate the National Geothermal Institute, a consortium of top geothermal schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Stanford University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, the University of Utah and possibly others as the program expands.

The national institute for geothermal science and technology is expected to attract students, professors and industry professionals from around the country to learn everything from the basics to the latest in geothermal energy production with a series of short courses and other curriculum.

The institute is envisioned to augment the University of Nevada’s Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy by providing relevant research and trained graduates for the geothermal industry.

“The University is a natural location for this new national institute since so much of the current U.S. geothermal production is centered in Nevada, and since the University is becoming a leader in discovering new technologies for exploration, production and development of geothermal resources,” said Gina Tempel, associate dean of the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.
 
For the past 20 years, the schools in the consortium have all been at the leading edge of geothermal research and education. The consortium is designed to transform and grow the national energy infrastructure to utilize America’s vast geothermal resource base. It creates a centrally located, convening organization for developing and conducting geothermal instructional programs.
 
A series of eight one-week courses with additional field trips and a project is expected. Courses could include: Introduction to Geothermal Energy Utilization; Geothermal Business Principles; Public Policy, Permitting, and Environmental Issues; Exploration; Reservoir Engineering and Management; Power Plant Design and Construction and Direct Use.
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