Utah organizations seek geothermal research proposals for awards worth $46M


The University of Utah and Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) announced FORGE Solicitation 2020-1.

This is the first formal call for research proposals on enhanced geothermal system technologies from the FORGE program. Up to 18 awards are anticipated for up to a total of $46,000,000 and each award has a maximum period of performance of three years.

The topic areas for technology testing and evaluations, their maximum potential funding and potential number of awards include:

TopicTitlePotential FundingPotential Number of Awards
Devices suitable for sectional (zonal) isolation along both cased and open-hole wellbores under geothermal conditions  $12,000,000  1 to 3 
Estimation of stress parameters  $3,000,000  1 to 3 
Field-scale characterization of reservoir stimulation and evolution over time, including thermal, hydrological, mechanical, and chemical (THMC) effects  $8,000,000  1 to 4 
Stimulation and configuration of the well(s) at Utah FORGE $12,000,000  1 to 3 
Integrated Laboratory and Modeling studies of the interactions among THMC processes  $11,000,000  1 to 6 

“Utah FORGE is a dedicated underground field laboratory sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office for developing, testing, and accelerating breakthroughs in Enhanced Geothermal System, or EGS,” said Joseph Moore, PhD and Principal Investigator of Utah FORGE.

For more information, including how to submit your application, visit the Utah FORGE solicitation webpage.

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