Expertise in Complex-Well Construction Leveraged for Geothermal Wells
The authors of this paper discuss deep closed-loop geothermal systems as an alternative to traditional enhanced geothermal systems for green energy production that is globally scalable and dispatchable.
In the complete paper, deep closed-loop geothermal systems (DCLGS) are introduced as an alternative to traditional enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) for green energy production that is globally scalable and dispatchable. The authors demonstrate that DCLGS wells can generate power on a scale comparable to that of EGS. They also highlight technology gaps and needs that still exist for economically drilling DCLGS wells, writing that it is possible to extend oil and gas technology, expertise, and experience in extended-reach drilling (ERD) and high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) drilling to construct complex DCLGS wells.
CLGS is considered a subset of EGS, but the authors write that it is a distinct entity. EGS mostly involves well designs that rely on fractures for heat extraction. Such systems are different from CLGS wells in that the latter use closed conduits for thermal fluid circulation and heating.