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CEC Geothermal Energy Operations and Lithium Innovation Program (GEO/LI) – Due 04/15/24

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GFO-23-304 – Geothermal Energy Operations and Lithium Innovation (GEO/LI)


CA Energy Commission (CEC)

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The purpose of this solicitation is to fund projects that develop and demonstrate technologies to reduce impacts from scaling and corrosion at geothermal power plants in California or advance processes to enhance the recovery of lithium and other valuable minerals from geothermal brine at the Salton Sea geothermal field.

As the state transitions to 100 percent clean electricity, geothermal energy can serve as an important complementary renewable resource that can also support grid reliability by supplying baseload or dispatchable power. California in-state generation of geothermal energy in 2019 was 10,943 gigawatt-hours (GWh), which represents more than 5 percent of the total in-state generation; however, only a small fraction of the geothermal resources in California with the potential to generate power have been developed. To maximize the potential for geothermal energy deployment in California, improvements to cost, technical risk, and operational performance are needed. Corrosion and scaling in geothermal infrastructure are major challenges for making geothermal energy cost effective and more reliable.

Each project must fall within one of the following project groups:

  • Group 1: Preventing Scaling and Corrosion in Geothermal Facilities;

  • Group 2: Recovering Minerals and Decreasing Waste Products from Geothermal Brine; or

  • Group 3: Comprehensive Brine Management Concepts to Reduce Operating Costs and Improve Mineral Recovery.


  • Business

  • Individual

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Other Legal Entity

  • Public Agency

  • Tribal Government

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Applications Due April 15, 2024


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