Investigating geothermal drilling improvements
11.10.2016More than 800 participants attended the European Geothermal Congress (EGC) in Strasbourg (France) 20-23 September.
The event, organised every three years by the European Geothermal Energy Council, brings together stakeholders from the entire Geothermal community for sessions covering science, markets and social issues, as well as exhibition, courses and side events.
Read more about the European Geothermal Congress (EGC).
IRIS attended the congress with a presentation about deep geothermal drilling.
- We are relatively new to geothermal energy, but we have long experience with drilling and well from our petroleum research. Attending the congress is a way for us to learn from the geothermal community and to contribute with technological solutions suitable for this industry, says Erlend Randeberg.
The paper entitled “Technology Roadmap for Geothermal Hard Rock Drilling” from IRIS researchers is about technology evaluation of drilling technologies relevant for deep geothermal drilling, often involving hard rock and high temperatures. The results presented came out of the NEXT-Drill KPN project (2012-2015) lead by SINTEF.
- Deep geothermal drilling involves many of the same challenges as for petroleum drilling, but there are some important differences to keep in mind. We have attempted to make a technology roadmap enabling the geothermal drilling industry to pursue the most promising improvement paths. The geothermal industry could be a very interesting area to develop and test new drilling technologies, Randeberg concludes.
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