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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Energy Conversion Efficiency

Sandia National Laboratories has advanced research in solar, wind, and geothermal energy science and technologies since the 1970s. More recently, climate-change concerns, coupled with high oil prices and increasing government support, are driving increasing renewable-energy legislation, incentives, and the commercialization of renewable technologies. In response, Sandia has added research programs in biofuels and biomass [...]

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Stationary Power

Stationary Power Our work in stationary power includes the deployment of clean electricity, which requires integration with a modernized grid infrastructure, and enhancements in energy efficiency as a direct influence on energy productivity and economic competitiveness. Energy Conversion Efficiency High-efficiency conversion of low and  zero-carbon energy sources to electricity [...]

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