Development of an Improved Cement for Geothermal Wells
Successful completion of the project will result in the development of a cementing solution for geothermal wells that is cost effective as well as logistically simple. This should greatly enhance rapid deployment of geothermal energy as a renewable energy source in USA, thereby reducing the flow of US dollars to petroleum exporting countries.
Additionally, an improved cement for geothermal applications would be directly suitable for use in heavy oil recovery by steam cycle methods. The low cost aspect of the proposed zeolite-containing cement would make marginal heavy oil deposits economic and create new jobs.
Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program
International Partnership for Geothermal Technology
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Petroleum Development Laboratory