Fri, 21 April, 2023
Saturday 22 April 2023 is ‘Earth Day,’ which is continuing the theme of ‘Invest In Our Planet’ for a second year running.
This is the first time that a theme has been continued across two years and the focus lies in engaging with businesses, institutions, governments, and individuals around the globe to do their part.
It is about everyone being accounted for and everyone doing their part – and this incudes us at TWI!
TWI has been involved in a range of different projects over the decades that have helped support the creation of a cleaner, greener environment. Whether that is developing new methods to recycle plastics or helping advance cleaner renewable energies such as wind and solar power.
We have also focused our efforts on a number of geothermal energy projects, aiming to exploit this huge natural resource that has the potential to provide more than enough energy to meet the needs of the entire planet. This reliable, ‘always on’ energy resource is both sustainable and environmentally-friendly, leading to an increase in the applications for geothermal energy in recent years.
Much cleaner than traditional fossil fuels, geothermal energy still has its challenges, primarily related to accessibility and cost. The highly corrosive, high-temperature environments associated with geothermal are particularly challenging and, as such, we have been working with a number of consortiums to provide solutions.
TWI has been able to draw upon our experience in other industries to advance geothermal through coatings, materials, plant management and more to assist in several geothermal projects, including:
- GeoSmart– storing heat energy to cost-effectively respond to network demands
- GeoDrill- developing holistic drilling technologies that have the potential to reduce the cost of drilling to large depths and at high temperatures
- GEOPRO- developing a verified set of robust, user friendly, flexible and accessible tools to optimise sustainable geothermal reservoir management, power and heat production and reinjection strategies.
- GeoHex- developing heat exchanger (HX) materials, addressing both the improvements in the anti-scaling and anti-corrosion properties as well as the heat transfer performance of the HX material
This is just some of the good work TWI has been doing to promote and create a cleaner future for the planet and we hope you can join us in doing something, however small, to ‘invest in our planet’ this Earth Day.
The GeoSmart project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818576
The Geo-Drill project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 815319
The GeoPro project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 851816
The GeoHex project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 851917