Europe urgently needs renewable energy sources producing heat and electricity on a permanent basis to supplement the intermittent energy supply of wind and solar power. This can only be achieved by tapping into the enormous potential of geothermal energy. In most areas in Europe, however, suitable geothermal reservoirs lie at depths of 5000 to 6000 meters and consequently involve high drilling costs. A smart and efficient technological solution is therefore required to exploit these resources.
The goal of the ThermoDrill project is to develop an innovative drilling system which will enable faster and cost-efficient drilling. The new system will be suitable for drilling hard and abrasive rock types, withstand the extreme temperature and pressure conditions involved in geothermal drilling and meet the most stringent standards in terms of health, safety and environmental protection.