Geothermal Wells of Opportunity (WOO)


Funding Opportunity ID: 324194
Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0002227
Opportunity Title: Geothermal Wells of Opportunity (WOO)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Energy
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 81.087
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOE-GFO
Agency Name: Department of Energy
Golden Field Office
Posted Date: Feb 04, 2020
Close Date: Apr 06, 2020 To apply to this FOA, applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange at, EERE’s online application portal.
Last Updated Date: Feb 04, 2020
Award Ceiling: $2,500,000
Award Floor: $500,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $25,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 28
Description: Through the Wells of Opportunity (WOO) FOA, EERE's Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is soliciting well owners or operators with “idle” wells that are willing to partner with DOE to advance and test enhance geothermal systems (EGS) technologies in-situ. Due to the criticality of the technology prototyping and methodology testing phase of research and development in the innovation pipeline, this FOA focuses on active field testing, where the Federal government takes on the associated high cost and risks. Topic Area 1 – Pilot (FORGE Test Wells): The objective of this initiative is to select, prepare, permit, and repair idle wells for early-stage FORGE technology and methodology testing prior to or in lieu of testing in the FORGE Utah wells. These wells will be closely linked to the FORGE effort, contributing to the overall goals and mission of the FORGE initiative by enabling higher-risk technology testing. Topic Area 2 – Amplify (EGS Near-Field RD&D): This field validation effort will culminate in new power production, adding to the economic viability of these existing geothermal fields and illustrating that near-field EGS can be successfully deployed now and that low permeability/unproductive wells near existing hydrothermal fields can be turned into valuable assets using EGS techniques.
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