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Millions of homeowners still use oil to heat and cool their homes. Kathy Hannun wants to change that. A scientist with a master’s degree in information technology, Hannun co-developed a geothermal energy system at X, Google’s research and development lab, and has made it ready for the market. In 2017, she founded Dandelion Energy. She became CEO of Dandelion and secured 6.5 million dollars in venture capital. “We want to bring geothermal into the mainstream,” says Hannun. A Dandelion system costs half as much as a conventional geothermal installation and, according to Hannun, reduces energy costs by more than 60 percent.