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Finalising Specifications for New Laser Cladding System

Wed, 13 September, 2023

As part of the COMPASS project, TWI Project Leader Tomaso Maccio recently visited Hornet Laser Cladding's facilities in the Netherlands.

The purpose of this visit was to finalise specifications for the large scale EHLA cladding system set to be installed at TWI's Yorkshire laboratory in early 2024.

One of the key objectives of the COMPASS project is to develop, test, and enhance innovative drilling technologies that will pave the way for more economically viable, high-temperature geothermal wells.

TWI's role in the Horizon Europe-funded project involves collaborating closely with Hornet Laser Cladding. We are venturing into the design and installation of an internal bore cladding system, with a special emphasis on corrosion protection for geothermal casing pipes.

The chosen method, EHLA (Extreme High-speed Laser Application), stands to revolutionise the way we approach corrosion protection, specifically in the challenging conditions of deep geothermal wells.

This visit, marked by productive discussions and hands-on evaluations, has further strengthened the bond between the two institutions.

During Tomaso's visit to the Netherlands, he took the opportunity to witness the marvel of additive manufacturing in the form of a 12-metre bridge manufactured by Dutch robotics company MX3D in the heart of Amsterdam. This structure, which embodies the prowess of modern engineering and additive manufacturing techniques, serves as an inspiration for what the fusion of technology and innovation can achieve.

Speaking about the visit, Tomaso Maccio commented, "Our partnership with Hornet Laser Cladding is crucial for the COMPASS project's success. This visit not only allowed us to finalise the details of our upcoming installation, but also to draw inspiration from innovative engineering feats."

TWI is thrilled to be at the forefront of such groundbreaking initiatives and is committed to ensuring that the COMPASS project not only achieves its goals but sets new benchmarks for the industry.

For more details about the COMPASS project, please visit the dedicated project website.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº. 101084623.

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