News Release

Release Date: March 10, 2016

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Funding Opportunities for Subsurface Technology and Engineering Crosscut Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a collaborative funding opportunity sponsored through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office and the Office of Fossil Energy’s Carbon Storage program.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled, Development of Technologies for Sensing, Analyzing, and Utilizing Novel Subsurface Signals in Support of the Subsurface Technology and Engineering (SubTER) Crosscut Initiative, will focus on advanced research projects. These projects will be aimed at the deployment and validation of prototype carbon storage monitoring, verification, and accounting technologies in an operational field environment, and the identification and validation of new technologies that characterize and image critical subsurface features.

DOE has established SubTER, an integrated technology team that encompasses multiple DOE offices involved in subsurface activities that are aligned with energy production/extraction, subsurface storage of energy and carbon dioxide, subsurface waste disposal, and environmental remediation. The development of solutions to the technical challenges presented by the subsurface environment requires collaboration between integrated teams composed of experts in subsurface disciplines such as characterization, drilling, manipulation and control of subsurface conditions, and monitoring.