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Reservoir Stimulation Optimization with Operational Monitoring for Creation of EGS
EGS field projects have not sustained production at rates greater than ½ of what is needed for economic viability. The primary limitation that makes commercial EGS infeasible is our current inability to cost-effectively create high-permeability reservoirs from impermeable, igneous rock within the 3,000-10,000 ft depth range. Our goal is to develop a novel fracturing fluid technology that maximizes reservoir permeability while reducing stimulation cost and environmental impact. Laboratory equipment development to advance laboratory characterization/monitoring is also a priority of this project to study and optimize the physicochemical properties of these fracturing fluids in a range of reservoir conditions. Barrier G is the primarily intended GTO barrier to be addressed as well as support addressing barriers D, E and I.
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- FY14 AOP 22.214.171.124
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- DOE Geothermal Data Repository; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Program (EE-2C)
- 15 Geothermal Energy; geothermal; stress; volume expansion; permeability; fracturing; rheoreversible fluids; XMT; acoustic emission; laboratory scale; EGS; igneous rock; acoustic signature; fracture response
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EGS field projects have not sustained production at rates greater than ½ of what is needed for economic viability. The primary limitation that makes commercial EGS infeasible is our current inability to cost-effectively create high-permeability reservoirs from impermeable, igneous rock within the 3,000-10,000 ft depthmore »
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