24 Apr '15, 4pm

Turning Bakken Oil Well Waste Water Into Clean Geothermal Power

Companies such as Continental Resources Inc. and Hungary’s MOL Group are getting ready to test systems that pump scalding- hot water through equipment that uses the heat to turn electricity-generating turbines before forcing it back underground to coax out more crude. Though the technology has yet to be applied broadly, early results are promising. And if widely adopted, the environmental and financial benefits could be significant. Drillers in the U.S. process 25 billion gallons (95 billion liters) of water annually, enough to generate as much electricity as three coal- fired plants running around the clock -- without carbon emissions. “We can have distributed power throughout the oil patch,” said Will Gosnold, a researcher at the University of North Dakota who’s leading Continental Resources’ project well. Geothermal power also holds out the promise of boosting frackers’...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015...

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