A consortium with comprehensive expertise: 7 organizations from 5 different countries

  • FRANCE: Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels (ARMINES)
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (ICL)
  • FRANCE: Drillstar Industries (DRILLSTAR)
  • GREECE: University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC)
  • CHINA: University of Petroleum – East China (UPC)

ARMINES is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO) funded in 1967 at the instigation of its partner engineering schools, the Ecoles des Mines network. ARMINES currently shares 48 Joint Research Units (Common Research Centres) with its partner schools, where each legal entity, either private or public, provides personnel, investment and operating resources for common research purpose.

MINES ParisTech – PSL is the leading school in France in terms of the volume of contractual research, and has a significant research activity, particularly oriented towards industry, with the support of ARMINES, a structure dedicated to partnership research. Its research fields range from energy to materials, including applied mathematics, geosciences and economic and social sciences.

MINES-ParisTech-PSL is a member of the M.I.N.E.S. Carnot Institute, recognized for its excellence and expertise in providing practical solutions to companies, and is a founding member of Université PSL.

Mines-Paristech and Armines put at the disposal of the project the resources of their common laboratory, the Geosciences research center.

ICL is amongst the ten top technical universities in the world. Within the Engineering Faculty, the Department of Earth Science and Engineering (DESE) hosts multidisciplinary research groups in Natural Resources Geoscience & Engineering and Computational Geoscience & Engineering, Earth and Planetary Science.

The Applied Modelling and Computation Group, AMCG is a multi-disciplinary team of some 70 scientists and engineers and is one of the largest research groups in Imperial, winning its award for Excellence in 2010. AMCG, part of DESE, is committed to both the development and application of innovative modelling techniques in earth, nuclear, engineering and biomedical sciences.

SINTEF was established in 1950 by the former Norwegian Institute of Technology. For more than 60 years, SINTEF has developed solutions and innovation for society and customers all over the world, and is now one of the largest contract research institutions in Europe. SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organisation with a total of more than 2000 employees (three out of four employees are researchers).

The research groups in the projects belong to the SINTEF Industry institute who has been working, through a portfolio of research projects, on the fundamental bit-rock interaction/excavation process and the need for significantly more cost effective drilling tools and systems for deep geothermal wells in hard rock formations (INNO-Drill – Technology platform for research-based innovations in deep geothermal drilling – SINTEF). https://www.sintef.no/en/projects/2016/inno-drill-technology-platform-for-research-based-/

Drillstar Industries is a provider of innovative downhole solutions for the deep drilling industry. With over 40 years of experience and several patented tools, it specializes in niche applications not covered by major service companies. We are one of the very few remaining independent European companies in this sector, competing against mostly North American providers.

Our Mudhammer technology is currently the only high-power percussive drilling solution on the market to be powered by drilling fluids, and therefore usable in deep drilling applications. It is especially promising for deep geothermal resources, whether conventional or EGS. As such, it has been included in several upcoming geothermal drilling projects.

Combining high pressure water jet (HPWJ) with percussive technology is a natural way forward which could significantly lower the drilling costs of future geothermal developments, and enable them to venture into deeper, harder to drill heat resources to maximize their efficiency.

The University of Piraeus runs ten departments in four greater fields of study. The University of Piraeus project team is part of the Energy and Environmental Policy Laboratory (E2PL), which was established in 2016 within the Department of International and European Studies (IES). Through the multidisciplinary expertise of its teaching and research staff, E2PL produces high quality, independent research in energy and environmental policy issues. It specializes in energy markets, energy-economy-environment (E3) modelling, environmental assessments, and decision-making in energy and environmental policy issues. It elaborates research projects with the business, industry, and energy sectors, including Horizon 2020 projects, and disseminates its research work through its own Working Paper Series, international scientific journals, conferences, and books. Its research activity focuses on modeling energy markets and energy systems; energy and environmental regulation; energy and environmental policy; and climate change and environmental impact assessments.

China University of Petroleum (East China) with Qingdao and Dongying campuses, in Shangdon Province is a national key university directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education and a member of the “211 Project” and “985 project innovation platform for well-established disciplines” universities. In 2017, it was listed among the national plans for double first-class construction. It is co-constructed by the Ministry of Education, five leading petroleum and petrochemical companies (CNPC, SINOPEC, CNOOC, CHINA SHENHUA and YANCHANG PETROLEUM) and Shandong Province. Honored as “the cradle of Petroleum talents”, UPC is an important base of high-level talents education for petroleum and petrochemical industry and has already developed into a multi-disciplinary and well-rounded university focusing on petroleum and engineering.

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