Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spallation Drilling for Deep Geothermal Wells

Seeker Blog article on geothermal energy suggests that spallation drilling should provide an economic means for drilling at the necessary depths for high quality heat.

Hydrothermal spallation was invented and patented by cofounder Bob Potter and Jefferson Tester of MIT. The patent is owned by MIT and licensed exclusively to Potter Drilling.
An animation of how hydrothermal spallation works.

An animation of how hydrothermal spallation works.
Chad Augustine MIT PhD Thesis Chemical Engineering

Summary of Potter Geothermal project funded by US DOE

Description of hydrothermal spallation drilling at Energy Boom

2006 Technology Review interview with patent holder Jefferson Tester

1 comment:

Mac said...

Geothermal wells are eco friendly since there is no emissions or fossil fuels burned. Heating, cooling and hot water at a fraction of the cost of fossil fuels.

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