Flow rate is a major challenge for geothermal. However, the techniques used in shale to prevent flow localization can be applied directly to geothermal. If we can create hundreds or thousands of flowing fracture pathways around a horizontal or deviated geothermal well, then we will have truly “changed the game.”
Tracking the Energy Transition: CCUS Moves Along but Hits a Snag, Satellites Sharpen Focus on Methane, and Geothermal Gets a Boost
While CCS and CCUS become more ensconced in oil and gas energy-transition strategy, one major project has fallen short of targets. Infrared sensor technology could fill a crucial gap in halting methane leaks. And a geothermal startup gets a big vote of confidence from industry and celebrities.
Founded in 2017, Fervo Energy is aiming to leverage multistage hydraulic fracturing technology to create more-efficient geothermal wells that will power the Internet company's data infrastructure by 2022.
Nearly 90% of geothermal capacity built since 2000 is binary cycle.
Oil and gas are not the only things in the ground that can power our lives. Heat in the form of geothermal energy is rapidly taking its place alongside other sources of renewable energy, buoyed by the lessons learned from decades of drilling for oil.
Geothermal power offers enormous potential—an inexhaustible supply heat to drive huge electric plants around the clock—but that extreme heat can quickly kill conventional hardware, which led to something new.
A Canadian research organization believes the country’s oilfield technology could help another energy sector drive down its costs and it may work out for heavy oil producers too.
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