High-Temperature-High-Volume Lifting For Enhanced Geothermal Systems Geothermal Project

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Project Title High-Temperature-High-Volume Lifting For Enhanced Geothermal Systems
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act: Enhanced Geothermal Systems Component Research and Development/Analysis
Project Type / Topic 2 High-Temperature-High-Volume Lifting
Project Description The proposed scope of work is divided into three Phases. Overall system requirements will be established in Phase 1, along with an evaluation of existing lifting system capability, identification of technology limitations, and a conceptual design of an overall lifting system. In developing the system components in Phase 2, component-level tests will be conducted using GE facilities. Areas of development will include high-temperature drive system materials, journal and thrust bearings, and corrosion and erosion-resistant lifting pump components. Finally, in Phase 3, the overall lab-scale lifting system will be demonstrated in a flow loop that will be constructed at GE Global Research.
State New York
Objectives The overall objective of GE’s proposed program is to develop and demonstrate a well fluids lifting system that will meet the needs of the EGS industry for the coming ten years and the foreseeable future. GE will leverage its experience and facilities for developing technology in a host of relevant areas including gas/steam turbines, oil and gas pumps and compressors, downhole sensors, aircraft engines, generators and motors. to advance the state-of-the-art in lifting technology to the 350 °C level and associated requirements of EGS applications.
Awardees (Company / Institution) GE Global Research
Awardee Website http://www.ge.com/research/
Partner 1 GE Energy
Partner 2 GE Oil & Gas
Partner 3 GE Aviation

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000075
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $2,399,990.00
Awardee Cost Share $599,997.00
Total Project Cost $2,999,987.00

Principal Investigator(s) Norman A. Turnquist, GE Global Research

Targets / Milestones -Define the requirements for the EGS industry, which is expected to include geothermal wells with depths up to 10 km, and require components to operate reliably at pressures and temperatures beyond the current state-of-the-art,

-Develop high-temperature components and materials that extend existing lifting system capability to the higher temperatures, pressures, and flow rates that will be required by the industry, and -Demonstrate a lab-scale lifting system under expected temperatures and pressures in a flow loop at GE’s Research Center.

Location of Project Niskayuna, NY

Impacts If successful, the project would develop new high temperature lifting system component technology for use in high temperature geothermal wells.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs