Mon, 29 March, 2021
TWI recently held a successful webinar as part of the collaborative Geo-Coat project. The webinar, ‘Geo-Coat: Materials Challenges in Geothermal Energy Production' took place on 22 March 2021 and was hosted by TWI’s Collaborative Project Manager – Materials Business Development, Dr Namrata Kale. 330 people registered for the event, with nearly half of this amount attending on the day and providing some interesting and insightful questions for the speakers.
The Geo-Coat project has seen the development of novel corrosion- and erosion- resistant coatings based on selected high entropy alloys (HEAs) and ceramic/metal mixtures (Cermets). These coatings have shown remarkable resistance to threats from geothermal operations and can be applied through standard coating techniques (primarily high velocity oxygen-fuel and laser cladding).
The coatings have been designed to provide the required bond strength, hardness and density for challenging geothermal applications, with the webinar explaining how the material challenges were met, while also offering results from in-situ durability testing in geothermal environments. The webinar also showed a demonstration of flow assurance models, a demonstration of the economic impact of Geo-Coat through levelized cost of energy (LCOE) results, and the benefits of using coatings from lessons learned by end users.
The webinar presentations included:
The Geo-Coat Project (Francesco Fanicchia, Senior Project Leader, Surface Engineering, TWI)
In-Situ Durability Testing of Geo-Coat Developed Coatings (Dagur Ingi Ólafsson,
Project Manager, Innovation Center Iceland)
Geo-Coat Geothermal Flow Assurance Simulator (Per Kjellgren, Founder, FlowPhys AS, Norway)
The Environmental Footprint Results with and without Geo-Coat Technology Components Adopted in a Geothermal Power Plant (Mohammed Chowdhury, Applied Physicist, Technovative Solutions Ltd (TVS))
Economic Impact of Geo-Coat in Highly Corrosive Geothermal Environment (Mohammad Ashadul Hoque, Technovative Solutions Ltd (TVS))
Benefits of Using Coatings in Geothermal Power Plants from an End-User Perspective: Lessons Learned (Kolbrún Ragna Ragnarsdóttir, Senior Project Manager, ON - Orka Náttúrunnar / ON Power)
If you missed this interesting and informative webinar, you can see a recording of the event here.
The Geo-Coat project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 764086