Pressure Sensor and Telemetry Methods for Measurement While Drilling in Geothermal Wells Geothermal Project

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Last modified on July 22, 2011.

Project Title Pressure Sensor and Telemetry Methods for Measurement While Drilling in Geothermal Wells
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 - Phase I: Integrate and test pressure sensor system consisting of a commercial off the shelf silicon-on-sapphire strain gauge and silicon carbide high temperature electronics will be integrated and tested at 300oC.


- Phase II: Develop and test an integrated telemetry module and pressure sensor system at 300oC.

Both systems will be tested for shock and vibration conditions typically experienced in MWD environments.

State New York
Objectives Develop and test pressure sensor system and an integrated pressure sensor system operating at 300oC and capable of surviving in shock and vibration conditions similar to measurement while drilling (MWD) environments.
Awardees (Company / Institution) GE Global Research













Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000075

DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $3,439,991.00
Awardee Cost Share $859,998.00
Total Project Cost $4,299,989.00



Principal Investigator(s) Vinayak Tilak


Targets / Milestones Projects are expected to be completed over 36 months.




Location of Project Niskayuna, NY



Impacts If successful, the development of measurement while drilling technologies (MWD) that can operate at 300°C will aid drastically in the economic completion of EGS wells.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]

References

  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs