DeepPower Podcast – Diane Burns

Leveraging the $5 Trillion Global Oil & Gas Industry

The century old $5 trillion global oil & gas industry includes companies that have mastered the art of drilling. They have global scale infrastructure and the people needed for drilling, management and operations. However, their drilling technologies are not designed for the high heat, high pressure and high corrosion conditions of deep geothermal.


DeepPower Platform

We are developing a suite of breakthrough drilling technologies, based on existing oil & gas drilling techniques, to boldly go where no oil rig has gone before

DeepPower Drill

We start with the tried and true concept of an oil and gas exploration drill. Then, we change the method and geometry of drilling in such a way that we reduce the stress around the wellbore – in effect weakening the rock.

DeepPower Case

We intend to use traditional oil and gas casing down several miles, then switch to our special single mono-bore casing to go all the way to superhot rock.

DeepPower Coating

At about 5 to 6 miles down, the superhot rock is approximately 400oC.  Water becomes very corrosive and has cause many early geothermal systems to fail. We intend to develop high performance anti-corrosion coatings to protect well casings, valves, heat exchangers and other equipment.

The value of superhot rock energy

  • Competitive power
  • Endless supply
  • Always on
  • Small footprint
  • Pivot from fossil energy
  • Repower fossil power plants
  • No fuel cost
  • Zero gases
  • Energy security
  • Accessible worldwide

An Energy Revolution in the Making

Superhot rock geothermal energy is a visionary technology deserving of investment, and yet almost entirely unrecognized in the decarbonization debate. It has the potential to meet long-term demands for zero-carbon, always-on power, and can generate hydrogen for transportation fuel and other applications. Unlocking the potential of this energy source could expand our options and potentially carve a path forward to replace fossil fuels.

Superhot rock energy provides potential to address both climate change

October 28, 2022

Work Area: Superhot Rock Energy

As COP27 approaches amidst a global energy crisis and world leaders turn their focus to addressing both energy security and climate change, a new report from Clean Air Task Force (CATF) details a potentially groundbreaking tool to manage both: superhot rock energy.

A form of advanced geothermal energy that uses innovative deep drilling techniques, superhot rock energy has the potential to provide abundant, always available, renewable, cost-competitive, carbon-free energy virtually everywhere on Earth — all with a land-use footprint much smaller than that of other energy sources.

The report provides an overview of existing and announced projects in Japan, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S., and details the advances needed to reach commercialization – including improvements to thermal reservoir creation, well construction, downhole power and remote sensing tools, and surface power production.

Geothermal Technologies

Increased access to geothermal resources. Reduced costs and improved economics for geothermal projectsImproved education and outreach about geothermal energy.

The analysis projected that, through technology improvements, geothermal electricity generation capacity has the potential to increase to more than 60 gigawatts by 2050—providing 8.5% of all U.S. electricity generation.

Increasing Geothermal Electricity Generation 26-Fold by 2050

To evaluate the potential for geothermal energy to contribute to America’s energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office initiated the GeoVision analysis—a detailed research effort to explore opportunities for increased geothermal deployment and the pathways necessary to overcome technical and non-technical barriers to such deployment. The analysis evaluated opportunities for successful geothermal deployment based on three key objectives:


Geothermal Energy

To realize geothermal energy’s full potential, stakeholders must reduce risk and costs by overcoming significant technical and non-technical barriers.

Grid of the Future

Secure, “always-on” renewable electricity generation with flexible and load-following capabilities that provide essential services to support the grid of the future

Affordable Solutions

Nationwide, affordable solutions for electricity generation and for heating and cooling at residential, commercial, and district levels

Commercial Technologies

Existing commercial technologies that are already proven in the market, augmented by innovative technologies with vast potential to increase electricity generation and heating and cooling solutions

U.S. Department of Energy’s geothermal Earthshot is boon for climate action, with superhot rock energy poised for breakthrough

September 8, 2022

Work Area: Superhot Rock Energy

As COP27 approaches amidst a global energy crisis and world leaders turn their focus to addressing both energy security and climate change, a new report from Clean Air Task Force (CATF) details a potentially groundbreaking tool to manage both: superhot rock energy.

Superhot rock energy could support rapid global decarbonization

Rapid energy innovation is clearly needed now to meet the immense climate challenge. Vast amounts of reliable and dispatchable (always available) zero-carbon power will be needed to support the demand for access to energy by the growing global population.

How does it work?

In a superhot rock system, water is injected deep into hot rock, heated, and returned to the Earth’s surface as steam that can be used to produce power in electric turbines or to generate hydrogen using a high temperature process.

Superhot rock is expected to produce five to ten times as much energy as the power produced from one of today’s commercial geothermal wells.

Latest News

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  • OU joins search for geothermal energy’s holy grail

    From an obscure research facility on a forgotten edge of the University of Oklahoma’s North Campus, a professor and his students have begun a journey that someday may lead to the doorstep of Earth’s molten core. They are targeting a geological stratum known as the “superhot rock zone,” where temperatures approach 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Finding it […]

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  • DeepPower reports progress on novel geothermal drilling technology

    The University of Oklahoma (OU) and DeepPower Inc. has unveiled a drilling rig that had been designed to revolutionize the field of geothermal drilling. The drilling rig was conceptualized by Orkhan Khankishiyev, a masters student at OU, with help from his department including Saeed Salehi, associate professor of petroleum engineering at OU’s Mewbourne School of Petroleum and […]

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  • A Guide To Geothermal Energy

    What is Geothermal energy Geothermal energy is produced by utilizing the heat from water reservoirs deep underground which has been heated by hot magma that lies close to the earth’s surface. The majority of Geothermal resources are normally found along tectonic plate boundaries where a large number of volcanoes and earthquakes are concentrated. There are […]

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