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.”
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.

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