ADVANCING GEOTHERMAL ENERGY.
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STUDY INDICATES ENGINEERED PORE ENVIRONMENT ENHANCED
ATTACHMENT OF REFRIGERANTS
Recent research findings may ultimately help lower energy consumption in homes and buildings across the nation. A study investigated the effect of the pore environment on the adsorption of refrigerants for potential use in adsorption cooling applications.

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The Newberry Geothermal Test Facility is a uniquely qualified place to test and develop super-hot EGS technology (T>400 °C). Newberry is one of the largest geothermal heat reservoirs in the western United States and is located on the western flank of the Newberry Volcano in Central Oregon. Here, hot rock is closer to the surface, making it easier to drill high-temperature wells and carry out super-hot EGS research. Millions of dollars have already been invested in the site, resulting in a ready-to-use facility with the necessary infrastructure, environmental permits, land commitments, and monitoring plans.

From September 10-14, 2017 the NEWGEN consortium will hold an international workshop at Oregon State University's Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon. The workshop, sponsored by the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP) will invite geoscience experts from around the world to develop a full proposal for drilling one of the hottest wells in the world at the Newberry Geothermal Test Facility.  During this workshop, important scientific questions related to volcanic hazards and geothermal energy will be discussed by more than 40 engineers and scientists. 

For more details, see this research highlight.

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