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Development of novel and cost-effective drilling technology for Geothermal Systems

Objective

Geothermal is the most under-utilized of renewable sources due to high investment costs and long development cycle. A big part (53%) of the cost is in drilling and it is time-dependent. Geo-Drill aims to reduce drilling cost with increased ROP and reduced tripping with improved tools lives. Geo-Drill is proposing drilling technology incorporating bi-stable fluidic amplifier driven mud hammer, low cost 3D printed sensors & cables, drill monitoring system, Graphene based materials and coatings. Geo-Drill fluidic amplifier driven hammer is less sensitive to issues with mud and tolerances, less impact of erosion on hammer efficiency and it continues to operate with varying mud quality in efficient manner. It is also less affected by the environmental influences such as shocks, vibrations, accelerations, temperature and high pressures. Low cost and robust 3D-printed sensors & cables along the surface of the whole length of the drill string provides real-time high bandwidth data during drilling; e.g. estimation of rock formation hardness, mud flow speed, density, temp, etc. Flow assurance simulations combined with sensor readings and knowledge-based system will assist in optimizing drilling parameters and cuttings transport performance and safety conditions. Graphene's ability to tune the particular form lends itself uniquely as a component in a wide variety of matrices for coating developments with enhanced adhesion and dispersion properties and improved resistance to abrasion, erosion, corrosion and impact. Placing few mm hard-strength materials on drill bit, drill stabilizer through diffusion bonding improves their wear resistance and improve the lifetime. Geo-Drill's hammers improved efficiency and lifetime, drill parameter optimisation and CTP via sensors, reduced time in replacing tools with improved lifetime work together to improve ROP & lifetime resulting in reduced drilling time. Thereby, Geo-Drill will reduce drilling cost by 29-60%.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials/two-dimensional nanostructures/graphene
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-RES-TwoStages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 673 975

Participants (12)

HOCHSCHULE BOCHUM

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Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 923,16
Address
Lennershofstrasse 140
44801 Bochum
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEOLORN LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 105 500
Address
20 Barnton Street
FK8 1NE Stirling
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JARDBORANIR HF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 114 750
Address
Hlidasmara 3
201 Kopavogur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRECISION VARIONIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 571 110
Address
Sensor House - Langley Road Hillmead
SN5 5WB Swindon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 348 750
Address
First Floor, Unit 4, Rutherford House, Manchester Science Park, Pencroft Way
M15 6JJ Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FLOWPHYS AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 349 375
Address
Stollen 14
3030 Drammen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 449 590
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEROSION EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 250 937,50
Address
Arleynir 2-8
112 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 430 412,50
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RINA CONSULTING - CENTRO SVILUPPO MATERIALI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 409 000
Address
Via Di Castel Romano 100
00128 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GRAPHENEA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 344 250
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi 83
20009 San Sebastian Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 945 826,84
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations