Technical Demonstration and Economic Validation of Geothermally-Produced Electricity from Coproduced Water at Existing Oil/Gas Wells in Texas Geothermal Project
Last modified on July 22, 2011.
|Project Title||Technical Demonstration and Economic Validation of Geothermally-Produced Electricity from Coproduced Water at Existing Oil/Gas Wells in Texas|
|Project Type / Topic 1||Recovery Act: Geothermal Technologies Program|
|Project Type / Topic 2||Geothermal Energy Production from Low Temperature Resources, Coproduced Fluids from Oil and Gas Wells, and Geopressured Resources|
|Project Type / Topic 3||Coproduced Fluids for Oil and Gas Wells|
|Project Description|| A Universal GeoPower LLC Team (UGP), including Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS), POWER Engineers Inc (PEI), and Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory (SMU), will install, operate, and report data from a power plant at a Henderson Oil/Gas well in Liberty County, Texas, that is representative of a technical addressable market (defined as including all marginal or unproductive O/G wells with sufficient geothermal water temperature and flow rate to produce 200 kW of electrical power) containing over 37,500 sites in Texas and the neighboring Gulf Region states.
A geothermal oil and gas power plant will be commissioned within 7 months of the project start. This result could be rapidly replicated in a technical addressable market of more than 37,500 sites in Texas and the Gulf Region, creating a strong stimulus for economic growth and job creation while also enhancing U.S. energy security, providing a new option for states to satisfy Renewable Portfolio Standards, and avoiding emissions of CO2 greenhouse gas and NOx.
|Objectives||Demonstrate the technical feasibility and economic viability of geothermal electricity production from oil/gas (O/G) coproduced water.|
|Awardees (Company / Institution)||Universal GeoPower, LLC|
|Partner 1||Pratt & Whitney Power Systems|
|Partner 2||Power Engineers, Inc|
|Partner 3||Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory|
|Funding Opportunity Announcement||DE-FOA-0000109|
|DOE Funding Level (total award amount)||$1,499,288.00|
|Awardee Cost Share||$2,050,000.00|
|Total Project Cost||$3,549,288.00|
|Principal Investigator(s)||Chris Luchini|
|Targets / Milestones||The results of the demonstration will establish the applicability of the power plant to the O/G opportunity and the economic viability to rapidly replicate it and achieve the associated strong economic stimuli. It is projected that 7,800 MW of geothermal electrical power could be generated, 4 trillion standard cubic feet (SCF) of otherwise abandoned natural gas could be recovered, and 75,000 jobs could be created. The power plant, based on the PWPS PureCycle® Model 280 system, is a modular design of proven components to allow rapid deployment. UGP has the geothermal and mineral rights to the Henderson O/G site. The well will be reworked, and the power plant will be designed by PEI, installed, commissioned within 7 months of the project start, and operated for 2 years with the electricity delivered to a nearby distribution line and natural gas to a nearby gas line. Operational data will be transmitted wirelessly to all partners and to a host for National Geothermal Data System. SMU will access these data and develop performance reports and lead technology transfer; all DOE reporting requirements will be met.|
|Location of Project||Liberty County, TX|
|Impacts||Powerplant that is modular and easily replicable- if successful, there could be widespread application in the O/G industry.|
|Funding Source||American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009|
|References||EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs|