geothermal drilling Articles

  • Geothermal Energy... Power from the Depths

    The Earth's crust is a bountiful source of energy—and fossil fuels are only part of the story. Heat or thermal energy is by far the more abundant resource. To put it in perspective, the thermal energy in the uppermost six miles of the Earth's crust amounts to 50,000 times the energy of all oil and gas resources in the world! The word 'geothermal' literally means 'Earth' plus 'heat.' ...

  • Design of method and mechanism for geothermal energy extraction

    By drilling using a specially designed hydride carbide (melting point: 1,365°C) drill, we can drill the earth's crust to about 5 to 40 km to reach temperatures of 700 to 1,000°C, with minimum cost of the drill and drilling technology. Further, we can extract energy by pouring in water on an inserted carbide alloy vessel into the drilled well and bringing out as steam to drive the turbines. By ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Regional geological recognition for the implementation of a urban geothermal concept

    A reflection seismic survey was performed in the city of Lausanne (CH) to map geological layers relevant to geothermal energy production. By using a wireless seismic system and a powerful seismic vibrator source we were able to high quality results despite the presence of elevated urban noise levels. The new subsurface maps allow the estimation of the geothermal potential for the city of ...


    By Geo2X

  • Nevada Geothermal, Ormat to develop Oregon resource

    Nevada Geothermal Power Inc. (Vancouver, B.C.) and Ormat Nevada Inc., a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies Inc. (Reno, NV), have signed an agreement under which the two companies will jointly develop, construct, own, and operate one or more geothermal power plants at the Crump Geyser Project Area in Lake County, Oregon. The agreement calls for the formation of a limited liability company, ...

  • Geothermal Power Approaches 12,000 Megawatts Worldwide

    In 2013, world geothermal electricity-generating capacity grew 3 percent to top 11,700 megawatts across 24 countries. Although some other renewable energy technologies are seeing much faster growth—wind power has expanded 21 percent per year since 2008, for example, while solar power has grown at a blistering 53 percent annual rate—this was geothermal’s best year since the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Modeling geothermal wells using SVHeat and SVFlux

    Numerical modeling of geothermal processes has received increased attention in recent years. The process of installing geothermal heating systems in residential homes and cottages is one application of numerical models. These systems typically involve drilling between one and three wells on a particular property. Heat exchangers then act as a pump and remove heat from the ground in order to heat ...


    By SoilVision Systems Ltd.

  • Case study - drilling operations

    Location: New Zeland Year: 2010 Working contest The pond is on a drilling rig site. The rig is used for Geo-thermal power exploration. The Problem Pumping heavy slurry: bentonite, geo-thermal minerals, drilling fluid, sand, pumice. Performance of sucker trucks where unsatisfactory. Our ...


    By Dragflow S.r.l.

  • Case study - drilling operations

    Location: New Zeland Year: 2010 Working contest The pond is on a drilling rig site. The rig is used for Geo-thermal power exploration. The Problem Pumping heavy slurry: bentonite, geo-thermal minerals, drilling fluid, sand, pumice. Performance of sucker trucks where unsatisfactory. ...


    By Dragflow North America

  • Solids Control for Drilling Mud Process System

    Nowadays, more and more drilling contractors recognize solids control’s importance to oil and gas drilling, HDD, CSM/CBM exploration, etc. How does solid control affect well drilling? Please find the following details. Cost Comparison of Two Oil Well Drilling Let’s find the difference of two kinds of oil well drilling with and without solids control system. Final effect or result is ...


  • A BME solution of the stochastic three-dimensional Laplace equation representing a geothermal field subject to site-specific information

    This work develops a model of the geothermal field in the Nea Kessani region (Greece) by means of the Bayesian maximum entropy (BME) method, which describes the temperature variations across space in the underground geological formations. The geothermal field is formed by a thermal reservoir consisting of arcosic sandstones. The temperature distribution vs depth was first investigated by the ...


    By Springer

  • Sonic Rigs Set the Pace

    Drilling geothermal holes in under three hours, sonic rigs have set the pace. Drilling a test hole for a future geothermal project, a Sonic Drill Corporation rig was able to bore past 300ft and complete the hole in two hours and three minutes. The drilling project, part of a law library extension for the University of British Columbia in Canada, was contracted to Hemmera Energy, a division of ...


    By Sonic Drill Corporation

  • Sonic Rigs Rescue Surrey School Installation

    TR3 Geological Services, based in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, won a tender to install a geothermal grid during the summer of 2009, under what would be Woodward Hill Elementary School’s brand new, all-weather soccer field in Surrey. “Geothermal is a good idea for new schools as well as retrofitting old schools,” said Bill Fitzgerald, general manager of Sonic Drilling, the ...


    By Sonic Drill Corporation

  • GeoSmart bags multi-loop and pump handler

    GeoSmart Energy has acquired a time-saving multi-loop and pump handler designed for geothermal drilling. The GeoSmart Push'N Pull simplifies the installation of geothermal pipes in vertical drill applications, saving time, money and manual labour. "Geothermal drillers will appreciate its'push'factor for inserting pipe while water well drillers will love its 'pull' factor for extracting pumps ...

  • Case Study - Aluto Langano Power Plant Rehabilitation

    Aluto Langano, Ethiopia – 2007 The Aluto Langano Geothermal Pilot Plant (ALGPP) is located on the Aluto volcanic complex of the Ethiopian Rift valley, close to the eastern escarpment between Lake Langano and Lake Ziway, some 200 km southeast of Addis Ababa. The Aluto volcanic complex is a young acidic system consisting of domes, lava, and pyroclastic interbeds. The geothermal field was ...

  • Geodrilling International - Installation of Closed-loop Borehole Probes

    The installation of closed-loop borehole probes is a challenge on almost any project. With many domestic clients requiring a large meterage of borehole to be installed in a small site, Nicholls Boreholes has found that the traditional manual installation of closed-loop borehole probes is no longer a safe or acceptable option. The company has developed the Loop Feeder, a hydraulically-driven, ...

  • Case Study - 6MW Non-Condensing Power Plant

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2003 First Geothermal Power Station in PNG: Press Release, April 16, 2003 Lihir Gold Limited “Gold company Lihir Gold Limited is turning its vast geothermal resource into an opportunity. In April, the company started commissioning a 6MW geothermal power station, the first in Papua New Guinea to use natural geothermal ...

  • Reaching underground resources

    Accessing critical resources such as geothermal energy and natural gas requires drilling — an expensive, energy-intensive, messy process with today's technology. An MIT team has been looking into a more elegant approach. Instead of grinding rock to bits, they would use a continuous beam of energy to vaporize it and then blow out the tiny particles that form with a high-pressure stream of ...

  • Case Study - 28 MW Dual-Flash Power Plant

    Brady Hot Springs, Nevada, USA – 1992 GDA was a partial owner in this successful project and was responsible for exploration and development of the resource. As Manager of Wellfield Development, GDA recommended the comprehensive wellfield development plan, formulated the exploration program, supervised surface geological mapping and geophysical surveys for siting production and injection ...

  • Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment

    Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players' eyes kept looking at the pieces ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Malvern Community Hospital, Worcestershire - case study

    ENER-G delivered a solution that combines two low carbon technologies – a ground source heat pump system and a combined heat and power (CHP) unit - as part of the eco-friendly design brief set by Interserve, which was contracted by Worcestershire Primary Care Trust to build the £17.7 million new hospital. The 24-bed hospital will utilise renewable geothermal energy for heating, ...


    By ENER-G

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