OM-300 – MWD Geothermal Navigation Instrument Geothermal Project

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Project Title OM-300 – MWD Geothermal Navigation Instrument
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act: Enhanced Geothermal Systems Component Research and Development/Analysis
Project Type / Topic 2 High-Temperature Downhole MWD Tools for Directional Drilling
Project Description Honeywell proposes to perform this project in three phases; Phase 1 will enhance accelerometers, magnetometers and high temperature electronic components to operate at 300C. Phase 2 will define, design and demonstrate circuit card assembly (CCA) and external packaging capable of operating in the temperature, shock, and vibration of downhole MWD tools. Phase 3 will utilize the components onto a CCA, integrate the CCA sensors into a final package for final assembly, test, and the delivery of one Prototype.
State Washington
Objectives -Increase the operating temperature of Honeywell’s accelerometers and electronics, and Applied Physics Systems’ (APS) magnetometers which are all currently fielded in Oil and Gas MWD tools

-Utilize the High Temperature Sensors and Electronics in a small diameter, digital output, and programmable Directional Drilling Instrument that will reliably operate at 300C -Include Instrument capability for high shock and vibration environments required for Geothermal MWD wells.

Awardees (Company / Institution) Honeywell International Inc.
Awardee Website
Partner 1 Applied Physics Systems

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000075
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $3,960,000.00
Awardee Cost Share $990,000.00
Total Project Cost $4,950,000.00

Principal Investigator(s) Doug MacGugan, Principal Engineer, Honeywell International
Other Principal Investigators Bruce Ohme, Principal Engineer, Honeywell International; Bill Goodman, President, Applied Physics Systems (APS)
Targets / Milestones A Directional and Inclination Instrument (OM-300) which accurately enables extraction of Geothermal Energy supports the DoE’s strategic objective of Commercializing Geothermal Energy and reduces the United States’ dependence on Foreign Energy Sources.

Location of Project Redmond, WA

Impacts If successful, the project will result in a high temperature navigation instrument.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs