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GE Awarded Grant To Develop Sensor For Geothermal Wells

Posted on November 20, 2009

GE has been awarded US$2 million to develop a sensor that can operate at the high temperatures and pressures needed for enhanced geothermal systems. The funding is part of a US$11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to broaden access and reduce the cost of utilizing clean power from geothermal heat sources.

The sensor will be based on existing designs from GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, which will refine, optimize and package the sensor for geothermal applications. The new sensor will provide real-time temperature, pressure, strain and vibration sensing in high temperature geothermal environments.

Geothermal energy taps sources of heat deep inside the earth to produce clean, carbon-free power. Current technology limits areas where this type of power can be accessed cost-effectively.

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