U.S. Energy Secretary Touts Lasers for Hawaii Geothermal Development


WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has high hopes that "transformative" laser drilling technology could be a boon to geothermal energy developments, especially in Hawaii.

In an interview with Civil Beat on Wednesday, Chu called the development of laser drilling "the thing that gets me the most excited" about geothermal energy. Argonne National Laboratory, one of the federal government's oldest and largest labs, is exploring such technologies.

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