Geothermal Heat Pumps and Direct Use Research and Development (Energy Act)
Geothermal Technologies Office
To improve the understanding of geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy and to increase the energy efficiency, lower the cost, increase the use, and improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible entities include state, local, and Tribal governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofit entities, National Laboratories, utilities, and for-profit companies.
A new program of research, development, and demonstration for geothermal heat pumps and the direct use of geothermal energy. Applicable areas may include but are not limited to: the use of geothermal energy for building-scale energy storage; and the use of geothermal energy as a grid management resource or seasonal energy storage; the heating of districts, neighborhoods, communities, large commercial or public buildings, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.
Priority may be given to economically distressed areas as described in section 301(a) of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3161(a)).
The Secretary may give priority to proposals that apply to large buildings, commercial districts, and residential communities that are located in economically distressed areas and areas that the Secretary determines to have high economic potential for geothermal district heating based on the report, ‘GeoVision: Harnessing the Heat Beneath our Feet’ published by the Department in 2019, or a successor report.