Eavor’s technology consists of several Patent Pending innovations. The Eavor-Loop is a closed system within which a proprietary working fluid is contained and circulated. The working fluid is not fluid from a reservoir flowing into our wells, it is a fluid added to the closed-loop Eavor-Loop™ to create an efficient radiator, much like a vehicle radiator circulates fluid in a closed loop to remove heat from a gasoline engine.
Eavor-Loop™ harvests heat from deep in the earth to be used for commercial heating applications (ex: greenhouses or district heating) or to be used to generate electricity using conventional heat to power engines. Eavor-Loop™ is an industrial scale geothermal system that mitigates many of the issues with traditional geothermal systems, which rely upon using wells to produce brine from a subsurface aquifer.
The closed-loop is the key difference between Eavor-Loop™ and all traditional industrial-scale geothermal systems. Eavor-Loop™ is a buried-pipe system, which acts as a radiator or heat exchanger. It consists of connecting two vertical wells several kilometres deep with many horizontal multilateral wellbores several kilometres long. As these wellbores are sealed, a benign, environmentally friendly, working fluid is added to the closed loop as a circulating fluid. This working fluid is contained within the system and isolated from the earth in the Eavor-Loop™. The wellbores act as pipes, not wells producing fluid from the earth.
The working fluid naturally circulates without requiring an external pump due to the thermosiphon effect of a hot fluid rising in the outlet well and a cool fluid falling in the inlet well. The working fluid contained in this closed loop pipe system brings thermal energy to the surface where it is harvested for use in a commercial direct heat application or converted to electricity with a power generation module (heat engine). Unlike heat pumps (or “geo-exchange”), which convert electricity to heat using very shallow wells, Eavor-Loop generates industrial scale electricity or produces enough heat for the equivalent of 16,000 homes with a single installation.
– The ability to drill and intersect a multilateral Eavor-Loop™ with 2 laterals
– The ability to simultaneously drill and seal the wellbores, creating a closed-loop that is isolated from the surrounding formation and will neither leak fluid out of the Eavor-Loop™ nor allow formation fluids to ingress into the Eavor-Loop™.
– Prove the thermodynamic performance of the Eavor-Loop™ – that the subsurface heat transfer and thermosiphon effect match expectations.
Economic, clean, reliable power. – Energy never stops.
Eavor-Loop™ can be implemented almost anywhere at scale. Our sites can exist close to urban centres or in remote locations where getting electrical power is historically challenging.
The Derek Riddell Eavor-Lite™ Demonstration Facility is a full-scale prototype of the Eavor technology suite. The facility site is located near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Drilling and construction began in August of 2019. Eavor-Lite™ consists of two vertical wells, joined by two multilateral legs at 2.4km depth, connected by a pipeline at surface. The rationale for this design, which is not intended to be commercially viable, is to build a facility that proves and demonstrates all the critical elements of Eavor’s technologies at the lowest cost. This demonstration is designed to achieve the most efficient path to acceptance and commercialization of the technology by facility developers and commercial financiers.
The Eavor-Lite™ Demonstration is designed to achieve the following three technical objectives: