Université de Genève researchers have studied the seismic activity linked to a geothermal drilling in search of supercritical fluids. The concern is destabilizing the precarious equilibrium at depth with geothermal wells may reactivate the geological layers causing earthquakes. They discovered that the drilling did not cause uncontrolled seismic activity. This drilling under such critical conditions […]

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 […]

Foro Energy, Inc. is working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E and the Colorado School of Mines plus the Big Oil leader Chevron that has geothermal activities underway, and investors ConocoPhillips and General Electric to develop a unique capability and hardware system to transmit high power lasers over long distances via fiber optic cables […]

About 30 years ago Sandia Labs developed polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bits for geothermal drilling.  Today nearly two-thirds of the oil we use comes from wells drilled using the (PDC) bits.  That’s technology gone astray, valuable – and still missing the original point.  Now Sandia and the U.S. Navy recently brought the technology back full […]