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Geo-Drill: Towards a holistic drilling technology

Mon, 17 June, 2019

Project Geo-Drill is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new project website, geodrillproject.eu. The site enables the users to find out more about the project and its services, its international consortia and the expected impact on the European Geothermal market.

About Geo-Drill project:

Geo-Drill is an international and collaborative initiative to improve the accessibility of geothermal energy. Despite the opportunities offered, deployment of geothermal energy as a renewable resource continues to remain a challenge - often due to lack of awareness and huge costs associated with drilling and operations of geothermal power plants - particularly due to the highly aggressive nature of these natural environments. Project Geo-Drill aims to address these challenges by offering low-cost and innovative drilling solutions.

“Our aim is to develop holistic drilling technologies that have the potential to drastically reduce the cost of drilling to depths as large as 5km or more and at temperatures as high as 250⁰C or more” - Geo-Drill consortium

Geo-Drill aims to reduce the high costs associated with drilling through provision of a drilling technology with increased rate of penetration (ROP) and reduced tripping with improved tools lives. The proposed technology incorporates a bi-stable fluidic amplifier driven mud hammer for reduced sensitivity to issues with mud and erosion wear, as well as low cost 3D printers and cables and drill-monitoring system for real-time high bandwidth data during drilling. In addition, the project is investigating Graphene based materials and coatings for improved resistance to abrasion, erosion, corrosion and impact. Successful exploitation of the Geo-Drill technology will thus enable extraction of geothermal energy from sites that are currently un-economical due to high upfront investment cost and long development cycles.

You can find the latest news and information on the Geo-Drill project here

Social media: For latest news and updates on the project activities follow @geodrillproject, or connect at the GeoDrill project LinkedIn page

Acknowledgements: The project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 program under grant agreement number 815319.

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