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DOE to map geothermal resource

US: The Department of Energy is planning to invest $18 million in around 32 projects that aim to reduce the costs related to geothermal energy. The projects would focus on analysis and mapping of geothermal resources and improving extraction of minerals in geothermal systems.

The Energy Department split the funding into three kinds of projects: $10 million for research and development into methods to better measure and trace geothermal systems, $4 million to test using an oil and gas mapping technique to find geothermal resources and $4 million to explore recovering valuable minerals found in geothermal brine.

Source: The Hill