UAF grant will help geothermal exploration

December 8, 2009 

FAIRBANKS -- A $4.6 million grant will help University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers study geothermal exploration techniques.

The Department of Energy grant will aid researchers at UAF's Alaska Center for Energy and Power.

They will use remote sensing to identify potential geothermal resources throughout Alaska and determine their potential.

The grant requires a $1 million match. The university will seek matching funds through the state Renewable Energy Fund.

The remote-sensing technique is being used for volcano research. Data obtained will be verified through traditional, ground-based geophysical surveys and drilling.

Pilgrim Hot Springs near Nome will serve as a testing site.

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