Implications of geothermal energy production via geopressured gas wells in Texas : merging conceptual understanding of hydrocarbon production and geothermal systems [article]

Michael Chase Jones
This thesis evaluates the overall geothermal energy development potential of the state of Texas by combining resource assessment studies from both the hydrocarbon and conventional geothermal sectors. Cooperation between these industries is often shown to result in a symbiotic relationship that will benefit not only the respective industries, but also the public and regulatory environments. By outlining resource characteristics, technological specifications, thermodynamic foundations, and the
more » ... cific geologic environments of the state that are related to geothermal and hydrocarbon production, this study attempts to update previous geothermal feasibility studies performed by academic and government institutions. This study suggests the undertaking of preliminary implementation surveys exploring a novel geothermal energy production method known as the well bore heat exchanger. Several numerical modeling studys assessing the optimized system parameters, ideal work rates, and electrical generation capabilities of this theoretical method of production are summarized in this study. As a power generation method, the well bore heat exchanger model is uniquely suited to areas of concentrated hydrocarbon production due to its potential application to abandoned wells.
doi:10.15781/t2dr2p86w fatcat:fvvpexc6kravzkm2aaee5c3zve