What? … How? … Where? … $$$?

Using the waste fluids from hydrocarbon wells, you can now generate electricity for your pumping needs, with any additional electricity sold to utilities as renewable energy.  A small binary electric turbine (250 kW+) is attached between the separation stage and reinjection well.  This can be done on one well or multiple wells with temperatures over 225°F and 200+ gpm of combined fluid.  Thus waste fluids become a valuable commodity!  The amount of electricity is dependent on input and cooling temperatures and fluid flow rate. 


Numerous Advantages for the Oil & Gas Industry:   Top 10

Top newest reason ...in Texas there is now an exemption from oil and gas severance taxes for oil and gas produced in association with the production of geothermal energy.

1) Secondary geothermal energy recovery covers  pumping needs and may generate extra energy to sell to utilities;

2) The technology is grounded in practices of the hydrocarbon industry;

3) The infrastructure already exists, i.e., roads, power lines, etc.; 

4) Geothermal power production can use existing reservoirs or modify them after production ends to increase water;

5) Costs are lower than start-from-scratch geothermal development; estimated payouts possible in 3 - 5 years;

6) Power plants are scaleable with moveable turbines to meet the changing needs of an oil/gas field, plus as systems develop the technology continues to evolve;

7) Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are an additional commodity that the Hydrocarbon Industry can use or sell …. It’s GREEN POWER!

8) Pricing of geothermal leases is lower than oil/gas leases;

9) The Geothermal Industry has 40+ years of experience in dealing with high temperature drops and geochemistry;

10) Government grants and loans may be available to develop new systems for demonstration sites.



Basic Economics

Current prices and tax incentives for electricity produced renewably

 ~$0.06/KWh wholesale

$0.021/KWh U.S. tax credit

~$0.005/KWh REC

Thus for a binary turbine installed to produce 225 kWh/yr is approximately $200,000 or 500 kWh/y is approximately $368,000 in revenue.

Approximate estimated installation costs - $500,000 - $1,500,000 for a 250 to 500 kW plant.


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