TEDxBoston

Matt Houde

Cofounder, Project Manager At Quaise

Matt Houde is a Cofounder at Quaise Energy and project manager for the $5M grant that Quaise, Inc., received from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a new drilling technology that could allow the world to access the supercritical geothermal heat that is miles beneath our feet. Existing technologies cannot reach those depths.

Matt, who coordinated the writing of the successful ARPA-E grant, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in geological engineering. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Stanford University in civil and environmental engineering. While at Stanford, Matt was an intern for Ormat Technologies, one of the largest geothermal companies in the world.

Matt, who lives in Knoxville, TN, is passionate about developing solutions to climate change. To that end, he applauds renewable energy sources like wind and solar. But, “we need a more reliable renewable energy source that uses much less land. Supercritical geothermal fits that spot like a glove.”