U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Geothermal Technologies Office

Laser Drills Could Relight Geothermal Energy Dreams

December 14, 2012

Commercial-grade laser technology is trying to punch holes in hard igneous rocks, a feat that would change the mathematics of low-carbon energy and could significantly decrease well costs by increasing drilling rates by a factor of 10.

Development has been funded by the US Department of Energy's research arm, ARPA-E. Borehole drilling trials are planned for next year.

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