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Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc Advance to Phase 2 in Their Geothermal Energy Project

Phase 1 drill bit button retention testing. In 2012, the partnership between Sandia and Atlas-Copco Secoroc was awarded a $3.4M DOE grant to develop a down-the-hole (DTH) hammer capable of low-cost, high-production drilling in the extreme heat of deep geothermal wells. The overall DOE goal is to increase the feasibility of geothermal energy [...]

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Geothermal Energy & Drilling Technology

Geothermal energy is an abundant energy resource that comes from tapping the natural heat of molten rock deep beneath the Earth's surface. Geothermal energy is a vast energy resource thousands of times greater than the world's oil reserves. This energy resource would last millennia at the current rate of consumption. It is an energy resource [...]

By |November 10th, 2010|Comments Off on Geothermal Energy & Drilling Technology

Advanced Bit Development

Sandia's drilling program has traditionally focused on geothermal drilling, which is challenging because the formations are hot, hard, abrasive, corrosive and often fractured. Most of Sandia's geothermal technology also has application to oil and gas drilling. As a national laboratory, Sandia's drilling research plays a vital role in support of various defense programs vital to [...]

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Sandia's work in drilling technology is aimed at reducing the cost and risk associated with drilling in harsh, subterranean environments. The historical focus of the drilling research has been directed at significantly expanding the nation's utilization of geothermal energy. This focus in geothermal related drilling research is the search for practical solutions to challenges associated [...]

By |November 10th, 2010|Comments Off on Geothermal