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Widespread adoption of geothermal energy will require access to deeply buried resources in granitic basement rocks at high temperatures and pressures. Exploiting these resources necessitates novel methods for drilling, stimulation, and maintenance, under operating conditions that ...
Walsh, S. et al Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jan 01, 2012
In enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) the reservoir permeability is often enhanced or created using hydraulic fracturing. In hydraulic fracturing, high fluid pressures are applied to confined zones in the subsurface usually using packers to fracture the host rock. This enhances r...
Hunt, J. et al Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jan 31, 2013