Forty lucky students from around the country will be selected for an intensive eight-week geothermal energy education program.
The National Geothermal Academy, the first of its kind in the United States, is set for its inaugural summer session at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Academy is consortium of top geothermal schools around the country, and is designed to transform and grow the national energy infrastructure to utilize America's vast geothermal resource base.
The University of Nevada was awarded a $995,000 grant from the Department of Energy to develop and operate the Academy. Currently, Nevada leads the nation in the number of geothermal energy projects under development and Reno was recently named a 2010 Smarter City for Energy by the National Resources Defense Council.
Professors from the member schools, as well as professionals from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Thermasource and Western Cultural Resource Management will teach the Academy's nine individual week-long modules. The course covers all aspects of geothermal energy development and utilization and is offered for either undergraduate or graduate credit, as well as professional development for the energy industry.
About the image: Student Dustin Hanson samples spring water for geothermal properties in Columbus Salt Marsh, Nevada. The new National Geothermal Academy will augment the University's field work with new curriculum and programs to help build geothermal infrastructure in Nevada and throughout the United States. Photo courtesy University of Nevada, Reno. (PRNewsFoto/University of Nevada, Reno)