Researchers have examined the geology of a scientific borehole drilled into the Snake River Plain, Idaho, USA, to investigate the potential for geothermal energy. The work discussed in this paper is a follow up to the Mountain Home Air Force Base site, where a drillhole in 1984 indicated that geothermal fluids were present at about […]

A new fracturing fluid has been created that may increase the ability to develop geothermal energy.  New Mexico State University (NMSU) Assistant Professor Kenneth C. Carroll and his researchers have created a new fracturing fluid that may increase the development of geothermal energy. Carroll is a member of a group that has published two papers […]

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a new geothermal stimulation fluid that could make geothermal power production more environmentally friendly and less costly where conventional geothermal doesn’t work. PNNL recently started a now funded study to examine a similar fluid for unconventional oil and gas recovery. The oil and gas extraction fluid being considered […]

Norway is kicking off at full speed to develop drilling tools that will make it profitable to exploit true geothermal heat. The SINTEF Foundation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is leading a group of industrial and technology companies led by Alexandre Kane in a research project called Nextdrill. Kane, a research scientist […]

Lockheed Martin has announced that it is working with Reignwood Group to develop an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) pilot power plant off the coast of southern China.  Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion is now a commercial product.  It’s the easiest access geothermal/solar energy available. Ocean thermal uses the ocean’s natural thermal gradient to generate power.  […]

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