March 14 (Renewables Now) - A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA) will join a CAD-10-million (USD 7.5m/EUR 6.6m) demonstration project employing the closed-loop conduction-only geothermal energy solution developed by Eavor Technologies Inc.
Shell International Exploration and Production's technical expertise will support the design of the drilling, completion and facility construction of the so-called Eavor-Lite project near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, which will demonstrate the Eavor-Loop conduction-only system. Drilling is expected to start in the third quarter of 2019.
The Eavor-Lite site will also serve as an ongoing test facility for advanced operating fluids developed under Eavor’s ongoing research and development (R&D) programme.
A commercial Eavor-Loop project is planned to be undertaken after the demo project. The developer said the first such implementation is expected to be a EUR-65-million (USD 74m) heat-only project in the Netherlands.
Eavor explains that there is no fracking, no greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, no earthquake risk, no water use, no produced brine or solids, and no aquifer contamination associated with its system. It circulates a benign working fluid in a closed loop, collecting heat from the natural geothermal gradient of the Earth. Malcolm Ross, the geothermal focus leader in the Shell New Energies Research & Technology team, commented that Eavor’s solution has the potential to address many of the factors that hold back geothermal energy at present.
“Our goal is to convert the energy equivalent of ten million homes in ten years to the Eavor-Loop solution,” said John Redfern, president and CEO of Eavor.
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