Geothermal Geophone Prize

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To unlock substantial reservoirs, researchers need to understand subsurface conditions. Subsurface seismic sensors, or geophones are key to unlocking big amount of always-available geothermal energy.

Geophone is the tool that could unlock the potential of geothermal energy. Geophones can be deployed at the surface or in wells that place them closer to geothermal reservoirs where they can collect more detailed data and provide information about subsurface geothermal reservoirs.

The U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office is focused on enabling the development of 60 gigawatts of projected geothermal energy capacity by 2050. The $3.65 million American-Made Geothermal Geophone Prize is designed to address the challenges of operating seismic sensors in geothermal environments. The competitors will go through three phases that will fast-track efforts to design, test, and fabricate advanced functional seismometer prototypes.

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