Using Hydraulically Fractured Horizontal Wells to Extract Heat Instead of Hydrocarbons from the Earth’s Crust – an Opportunity of Enormous Scale

In the White Paper that can be reached here, we observe that:

  • The amount of heat contained in the Earth’s crust that could be converted into electricity is immense, sufficient to meet all of mankind’s energy needs for thousands of years.
  • Efforts to economically unlock this resource have for the most part been unsuccessful.
  • The use of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing in long horizontal wells is poised to change this outcome, just as it did for unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.
  • Unlocking the potential of geothermal resources is a significant prize – one that could deliver the low-carbon, affordable, base-load energy that mankind needs to enable an efficient energy transition.
  • It is also a prize that American oil and gas companies are best positioned to secure if they act quickly.

The White Paper delves deeply into the history of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), discusses how the physics of extracting heat using EGS mimics that associated with producing hydrocarbons using hydraulically fractured horizontal wells, and discusses Key Characteristics of EGS as well as Concerns and Challenges.

Finally, since many won’t have time to read in full a White Paper that is several tens of pages in length, you can click here for a condensed version of the paper.

We hope you find the White Paper to be both interesting and useful, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions, builds, or wish to discuss the topic further.