Light geothermal drilling rig for remote areas
More than 70 % of the construction costs of geothermal power plants are related to drilling. Minor geothermal plants face even higher costs. What’s more, drilling in remote areas has higher construction and transport costs and generates pollution using diesel generators. In this context, the EU-funded GeoTherm SWS project will develop a compact, mobile and light drilling rig with an innovative interchangeable drilling mechanism, able to conduct 3 drilling methods (core/diamond, rotation, and Down-the-hole). The innovation reduces significantly operating costs and carbon emissions in small-scale deep geothermal energy projects with the final product resulting up to 4 times lighter. GeoTherm SWS aims to encourage small geothermal projects in isolated areas.
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