19 November 2020
Geo-Drill Project Webinar on: Why is Geothermal a Hot Topic?
19 November 2020 12:30 UK time
About Geo-Drill Project
Geothermal is the most under-utilised of renewable sources due to high investment costs and long development cycle. A big part (53%) of the cost is in drilling and it is time-dependent.
The overall objective for Geo-Drill is to develop “holistic” drilling technologies that have the potential to drastically reduce the cost of drilling to large depths (5km or more) and at high temperatures (250ºC or more).
Geo-Drill aims to reduce drilling costs with increased Rate Of Penetration (ROP) and reduced tripping with improved tool lives. The drilling technology proposed includes (see services):
- a bi-stable fluidic amplifier driven mud hammer
- low cost 3D printed sensors & cables
- drill monitoring system
- graphene based materials and coatings
Geothermal is increasingly coming onto the low carbon energy radar, as governments realise that their policies need to mitigate against fossil fuels, while not inducing economic stress, which is especially relevant now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there are still a number of issues that hold back global utilisation of this energy source, both technical and political/commercial.
This webinar hopes to explain, in broad terms, the issues and how we can progressively overcome them, embracing existing technologies and developing the fit-for-purpose solutions that deep geothermal energy presents.
As the project completes its successful 1st year, Kevin Mallin, discusses Geo-Drill from a partner and an end users’ perspective. Kevin is a drilling professional with over 40 years of experience across resource drilling and exploration, including geothermal, mineral, oil and gas. Talking about geothermal drilling in general, Kevin explains the differences between EGS and drilling in geothermal systems such as those found in Iceland, the challenges associated with drilling making it capital intensive, and how Geo-Drill “will bring major changes, but minimal differences to drilling technology, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.”
Who should attend:
- geothermal production engineers and technicians
- drilling engineers
- geothermal researchers and policy makers
- plant operators
- drilling managers
- sustainability/energy design engineers
Kevin Mallin has over 40 years of experience across resource drilling and exploration, including geothermal, mineral, and oil and gas.
He is presently the managing director of Geolorn Ltd (a project management and Drilling Engineering consultancy), whose project work includes hydro-carbon appraisal drilling in Namibia, geothermal resource potential in Slovakia, drilling programme and engineering consultants to the NERC-funded Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Centre (Minewater) and Cheshire Energy Research Centre, as well as drilling management for a number of deep geothermal projects.
Kevin previously held the position of managing director at H&F Drilling (2003 -2010), one of the UK’s largest independent manufacturers and suppliers of specialist drilling equipment, as well as having been the EMEA regional director for Ingersoll Rand’s deep drilling division and general manager at Dando Drilling International.
Kevin founded and sold Bluewater Drilling Services (1987-1996), a specialist drilling contract company, who provided extensive mining, resources and exploration drilling experience.
Before this, he spent 12 years as a contract drilling professional around the globe (1975-1987) and has gained Well Control Management certification from the Aberdeen Drilling School, a Eur. Dip. in management from Robert Gordon University and was also the winner of the Scottish Sunday Herald Business Achievement award in 2005.
Collaborative Project Manager - Materials Business Development
Namrata Kale is a Collaborative Project Manager in the Materials Business Development Section. Her current activities include the management and delivery of European and Innovate projects across different sections within the Materials and Structural Integrity Technology Group.
Project Leader - Surface, corrosion and interface engineering
Feifei graduated with a PhD in Engineering Science from University of Southampton and has over 10 years of research experience in Materials Science. She joined TWI in 2018 as a Project Leader, and has led various collaborative and single client projects. Her main research interest lies in the development of surface coatings for a range of industrial applications, especially focused on improving materials’ erosion, corrosion and wear resistance.
Feifei is now also a technical coordinator for the Geo-Drill Project (Horizon2020).