The demonstration developed from a grant by the Department of Energy’s Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). The effort funded the demonstration of ElectraTherm’
The six month demonstration successfully concluded in November with 1,136 total runtime hours, and provided excellent insight for future installations. ElectraTherm overcame previous industry discouragement over generating electricity from co-produced fluids by eliminating individual hurdles, each detailed in the report. By realizing and overcoming each challenge during the six months of operation, ElectraTherm, our partners and the US Department of Energy are recognizing the ample potential for utilizing the tens of thousands of similar wells that co-produce hot liquid during oil and gas production. It is currently not recognized or ignored that low temperature co-produced fluids can be the fuel for emission free power production at wellheads all across the country.
ElectraTherm is currently using this demonstration data for a project with the Department of Energy at a geothermal well in Nevada. The project, located at Florida Canyon mine outside Winnemucca, Nev., has similar challenges with geothermal brine. ElectraTherm will take the experience at Laurel to further progress this and future geothermal projects.