What if we could create ideal geothermal conditions almost anywhere? That’s exactly what Enhanced Geothermal Systems, or EGS, proposes to do.
La Pine, Oregon (PRWEB) October 21, 2011
“What if we could create ideal geothermal conditions almost anywhere? That’s exactly what Enhanced Geothermal Systems, or EGS, proposes to do.“
In a new video from AltaRock Energy, narrator and Emmy-award nominated actor Ed Begley, Jr. explains the process and advantages of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), a technology poised to create a new energy economy in the United States. The video can be viewed at http://www.AltaRockEnergy.com.
Video Explains Enhanced Geothermal Systems in Detail
The eight-minute video explains how geothermal energy is utilized and outlines the particular advantages of EGS. Using the Earth’s heat to generate electricity or heat homes, geothermal energy is a reliable and renewable source of power. However, traditional geothermal power is limited to locations where hydrothermal reservoirs naturally occur. But EGS has the potential to create geothermal reservoirs almost anywhere.
As illustration of EGS in practice, the video focuses on the Newberry EGS Demonstration underway in the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon.
Newberry EGS Demonstration Process
As Ed Begley Jr. explains in the video, the Newberry EGS Demonstration is being conducted in three phases. In Phase I, scientists and engineers reviewed data about the demonstration site, conducted baseline measurements, developed plans for the demonstration, and are securing all necessary permits.
In Phase II, an EGS reservoir will be created around an existing well using a process called “hydroshearing.” Hydroshearing involves injecting water at high pressure into the earth, to open and stimulate existing natural fractures in the rock. Using real-time microseismic monitoring, the project’s engineers will determine the size, location, and orientation of the fractures that make up the new reservoir. Once the reservoir is complete, the water it contains will heat up and flow through wells to the surface. Careful measurement of temperature, pressure and flow from the wells will be used to assess reservoir performance.
In Phase III, AltaRock will summarize the information collected throughout the demonstration. This data will be used to develop a conceptual model of a commercial-scale EGS system.
About The Video
The new EGS video was created by AltaRock Energy. It is available for viewing at http://www.AltaRockEnergy.com.
Narrator Ed Begley, Jr. is a 6-time Emmy award-nominated actor and prominent environmentalist. Begley was an early advocate for environmentally- and socially-responsible choices and policy; he continues to work to promote awareness of ecological issues.
About the Newberry EGS Demonstration
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the technology necessary to create geothermal reservoirs to extract heat from the earth in locations where high temperatures can be reached by conventional drilling techniques – in an effort to advance geothermal energy’s promise and potential in the U.S.
The Newberry Volcano EGS Demonstration, being conducted by AltaRock Energy in partnership with Davenport Newberry, is partially supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0002777, with $21.5 million in grant funds from the Department of Energy matched by an additional $22.4 million from the AltaRock-Davenport partnership. The project is also benefiting from the research efforts of faculty and students at the Oregon State University, the University of Utah, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Texas A&M, and Temple University. AltaRock Energy is a renewable energy development company focused on the research and development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). Davenport Newberry specializes in the development and management of geothermal opportunities. Please contact us toll-free with your comments and questions at 855-USA4EGS (855-872-4347).