TWI’s Project Leader, Tomaso Maccio, recently delivered an enlightening presentation titled “COMPASS – Shaping the Future of Geothermal Wells in Superhot Contexts.” This presentation, which took place at the TWI Oil and Gas Panel Meeting on June 8th, showcased the transformative potential of the COMPASS project and underscored the pivotal role played by TWI and its partners in shaping the future of geothermal energy production.
At the heart of Tomaso’s presentation was the groundbreaking EHLA (Extreme High-Speed Laser Cladding) technology. This cutting-edge innovation, spearheaded by TWI, has the potential to revolutionize geothermal well construction. It promises to be a cost-effective and high-performance cladding solution capable of combatting corrosion in the challenging environments encountered during geothermal drilling.
The COMPASS project, funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 program, is on a mission to develop, test, and validate improved and innovative drilling and completion technologies. These advancements aim to significantly increase the number of economically viable high-temperature geothermal wells. By doing so, COMPASS seeks to unlock the immense potential of superhot geothermal resources, reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and expanding the footprint of sustainable geothermal energy.
Tomaso’s presentation shed light on the critical role that technology, such as EHLA, plays in addressing corrosion issues within geothermal wells. Corrosion has been a significant challenge in the geothermal industry, and the COMPASS project is at the forefront of developing solutions to overcome these hurdles.
The presentation emphasized the collaborative spirit of the COMPASS’ consortium, where leading industry players and geothermal research institutes are working together to drive innovation and knowledge sharing. This synergy is essential for achieving the project’s ambitious goals and reshaping the geothermal energy landscape.
As we move forward, COMPASS remains committed to pioneering technologies like EHLA and advancing the sustainability and efficiency of geothermal energy production. The project’s impact extends beyond engineering, with a focus on social sciences and community engagement, ensuring that geothermal energy is not only a powerful source of clean energy but also widely accepted and embraced.
For more details on the COMPASS project and Tomaso Maccio’s presentation, you can explore the link here.
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Note: The information in this news piece is based on TWI’s presentation at the TWI Oil and Gas Panel Meeting on June 8, 2023. The COMPASS Project Team is thrilled to collaborate with TWI and other partners in this endeavor to advance geothermal energy.