The U.S. Department of Energy announced a new collaboration between the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) to demonstrate low-temperature geothermal electrical power generation systems using oilfield fluids produced at the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC).
objective of this multi-year collaboration is to demonstrate the versatility,
reliability and widespread deployment capabilities of low-temperature
geothermal electricity production systems that work off of the co-produced
water from oilfield operations. These systems turn otherwise discarded water
into an energy resource. The electricity produced is utilized to power field
production equipment, which offsets purchased electricity; other applications
are being explored.
the GTP hopes to collect operational and performance data for various climates
and system configurations. This information will be freely available, educating
the industry and public about the high potential of geothermal renewable energy
from co-produced water. With an estimated 10 barrels of hot water produced
along with each barrel of oil in the United States, there is significant
resource potential for this technology.
Department of Energy
DOE Announces Geothermal Research Initiative
October 5, 2009