The Future of Geothermal Energy

This event will focus on the state of geothermal technology, the challenges that currently exist, and recent policy drivers surrounding geothermal energy.

Date

Sept. 15, 2020

Time

noon — 1 p.m.

Participants

Event Details

Addressing climate change—particularly at reasonable cost—will require advancements in a range of energy-related technologies. The Advanced Energy Technologies Series accompanies the work RFF researchers are undertaking to understand and examine the cost trajectories and future deployment potential of these technologies. This webinar focused on the uses of geothermal energy/enhanced geothermal systems in both direct heating and low-carbon electricity generation.

Geothermal energy experts Todd Cowen (Cornell University) and Tim Latimer (Fervo Energy) discussed the state of geothermal technology, the challenges that currently exist, and recent policy drivers impacting geothermal energy. RFF Senior Fellow and Future of Power Initiative Director Karen Palmer then moderated a Q&A session.

Speakers

  • Todd Cowen, Cornell University
  • Tim Latimer, Fervo Energy
  • Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future (moderator)

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About the Advanced Energy Technologies Project

RFF’s Advanced Energy Technologies Project uses new research to incorporate a number of these advanced technologies into our E4ST power sector model, which offers a detailed representation of the grid and is widely used in policy analysis related to power sector decarbonization.

The related events series covers topics such as carbon capture and sequestration, advanced nuclear energy, enhanced geothermal systems, energy storage, and direct air capture. The series will conclude with two additional events, one focused on innovation- related policy developments in the United States, and one showcasing the results of RFF’s analysis of how various policy proposals will drive investment in and deployment of these technologies.

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