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Fast track innovative drilling system for deep geothermal challenges in Europe

Objective

Europe is confronted with significant changes arising from globalisation and the currently political challenges. This means for example based on the latest developments in Ukraine and exceptionally strong European dependency on gas from Russia, deep geothermal energy particularly based on engineered geothermal systems is becoming even more important to care for Europe`s energy security.

If deep geothermal energy from EGSs becomes a significant cornerstone in future energy strategy, there is an urgent need to provide cost-efficient and novel drilling technologies and concepts in order to open up new European geothermal reservoirs for energy exploitation.

Therefore the overall goal of ThermoDrill is the development of an innovative drilling system based on the combination of conventional rotary drilling with water jetting that will allow at least 50% faster drilling in hard rock, a cost reduction of more than 30% for the subsurface construction and a minimized risk of induced seismic activity.

In order to achieve these goals ThermoDrill will mainly address the following research and development topics:
• enhanced water jet drilling technology for borehole construction and replacement of fracking;
• HT/HP crystalline rock jetting and drilling fluids;
• systematic redesign of the overall drilling process, particularly the casing design and cementing;
• evaluation of drilling technologies and concepts in terms of HSE (health, safety and environmental) compliance.

A challenging project such as ThermoDrill can only be addressed by joint and concerted actions of outstanding experts. This means that the ThermoDrill consortium partners belong to Europe`s leading experts in the field of deep drilling technologies/designs, drilling fluids, simulation, optimal shaping of tools like rockbits, etc. The consortium is already well connected through a variety of long standing research partnerships and won’t need great efforts to adjust and synchronize quickly.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/globalization
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/geothermal energy

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 116 750

Participants (8)

ES-GEOTHERMIE
France
EU contribution
€ 465 250
Address
26 Boulevard Du President Wilson
67000 Strasbourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BESTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 497 125
Address
Bismarckstrasse 19
76870 Kandel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RED DRILLING & SERVICES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 243 720
Address
Schwarzmoos 28
4851 Gampern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INERCO INGENIERIA, TECNOLOGIA Y CONSULTORIA, SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 443 525
Address
Calle Tomas Alba Edison 2
41092 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 654 000
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SIRIUS-ES HANDELS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 357 500
Address
Bahnhofplatz 3
4600 Wels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SMITH INTERNATIONAL ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 603 125
Address
Via Traversa 50
56048 Volterra Pi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEO-ENERGIE SUISSE AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Reitergasse 11
8004 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)