GenaSys™ Sustainable Energy
Geothermal Technologies’ Approach
Geothermal Technologies is a Technology Aggregator
We will integrate state-of-the-art machine learning, forward modeling, subsurface imaging, drilling technologies, imaging technologies, vane sculpting technologies, and power production technologies to build novel geothermal power plants designed to operate economically and sustainably for decades.
Timing is everything.
As little as 10 years ago, the technologies needed to economically harvest geothermal power were simply not mature enough. But these technologies have been advancing rapidly in recent years. The technologies that Geothermal Technologies will leverage in its innovative approach to harvesting geothermal energy are now ready to support our unique approach. Today, when the need for renewable energy is critical, Geothermal Technologies is poised to deliver it.
Precision Drilling Technologies
All of the activity in the oil & gas sector in recent years (Marcellus, Bakken, Prudhoe Bay, Permian Basin, etc.) has resulted in wholesale improvements in drilling techniques and economics. Oil companies commonly have to drill three-dimensional wells extending over several kilometers to reach new reservoirs. In addition, precise steering control is required during drilling to maximize reservoir contact and to avoid hitting existing wells. Today’s drilling precision is incredible. This same precision will be leveraged by Geothermal Technologies in drilling our geothermal wells.
Advanced Subsurface Imaging Technologies
Like drilling, advancements in active and passive imaging technologies have been rapid. For example, Tomographic Fracture Imaging (TFI) techniques will allow Geothermal Technologies to collect, process, and analyze passive seismic data to identify activity in the subsurface related to active fractures and active fluid volumes. The identification of active fractures and volumes will facilitate the accurate targeting of new injection and production wells as well as the optimal placement and spacing of horizontal wellbores.
Vane Sculpting Technologies
Hydrofracking, while effective, results in many environmental and geological problems. Geothermal Technologies is developing novel non-hydrofracking techniques to optimize the subterranean permeability of its geothermal systems. We will sculpt the area around our wellbores to provide the enhanced permeability necessary to provide the flow of heat needed to run our above ground geothermal power plants.
Recent advances in Cloud computing have allowed GTI to extensively forward model various configurations of our power systems in a cost-effective and timely manner. Incorporating extensive site-specific geologic data into newly developed third-party software, we are able to characterize, analyze, and understand the complex fractured rock systems at our target locations. We then integrate this data into our own proprietary models to accurately simulate subsurface fluid and heat flows. With these simulations we can design our systems to provide for optimum heat extraction and convective system recharge. Our patented methodology will enable the creation of bespoke systems that can operate for decades.
Machine Learning / Data Fusion
Numerous relevant data layers are incorporated into our methodology of identifying the optimal locations for our GTI power systems. These can include subsurface data such as information from well logs and core analysis, airborne geophysical data, the analysis of 3D seismic data (to better understand the structure of the basin and attribute analysis), and data from other techniques used to capture the in-situs permeability of the rock and potential fracture systems. These data layers can also include surface information related to electrical infrastructure, oil and gas operations, land ownership, regulatory information, etc. GTI is developing data driven models to quantitatively fuse the relevant surface and subsurface information. These models will be applied to obtain maps describing and ranking the relative suitability of targeted locations for Geothermal Technologies’ power generation facilities.
Electrical Power Generation
Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems are used for power production from low to medium temperature heat sources, such as geothermal. Recent technological advances in ORC design are enabling lower input temperatures and higher operating efficiencies than previous designs. Today’s binary geothermal power plants feature multi-pressure-level cycle systems. This cycle configuration offers a significant increase in power output and in cycle efficiency. Advanced ORC’s can now efficiently operate in the range of 80 to 350 °C, thereby expanding the geographical reach of economic geothermal power.
Geothermal Technologies Connects the Dots
By aggregating and leveraging the advancements in all of the above technologies, Utilizing drilling, imaging, and sculpting, Geothermal Technologies has engineered a sophisticated process that will revolutionize the geothermal and energy industries. With the environment in mind, we have developed a novel system that will deliver sustainable renewable energy for a greener world.