Huisman Geo wins 2023 European Geothermal Innovation Award
The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) has announced Huisman Geo as the winner of the 2023 Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award. The award was handed out during the GEOTHERM Expo and Congress in Offenburg, Germany on the 2nd of March 2023.
Huisman Geo won the award with the innovative project Composite Downhole Tubulars or Huisman Composite Tubulars (HCT), a full composite downhole tubular system that the company launched in early 2022. After years of development, the product is now successfully used in various applications such as geothermal, oil & gas, and carbon storage wells. An exceptional application for which the product is used, is in injection wells for highly corrosive carbonized salt water into basaltic bedrock, to capture the CO2.
The innovation of the project lies in the fact that no full composite downhole tubulars were available before its launch. Additionally, the HCT system carries unique features, such as a full composite pipe body and strong yet slender threaded connections. Notably, it was also developed and tested specificallyfor downhole applications.
Huisman Composite Tubulars provide a smooth, corrosion free, and integer pathway for the lifetime of the wells (~30 years)—making them a reliable solution. In terms of emissions reduction, the production of Huisman Composite Tubulars saves between 25% to 50% CO2 emissions per meter of tubular, compared to steel tubular. What is more, there is significant reduction in pump losses and a huge cut in the need for (corrosion/scaling) inhibitors, saving approx. €100K per year for the operator and the related emissions with the production of such inhibitors.
“We would like to thank the Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award committee for recognising our company’s innovation and dedication to supporting the geothermal sector. It is an honour to receive this award, and we are proud that our product contributes to sustainable geothermal solutions,” said David Roodenburg, CEO of Huisman.
“This is an important progress towards unlocking the geothermal decade as it will lead to modern well architectures, production costs optimisation, and last but not least significant improvement of sustainable operation of geothermal operations,” said Miklos Antics, EGEC President.
The Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award is an initiative of EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, in collaboration with Messe Offenburg, organizers of the GeoTHERM Fair and Congress. It is given to companies which have made an outstanding contribution towards the field of geothermal energy in the form of innovative products, scientific research and project initiatives. This year’s awards had been highly competitive with six finalists that demonstrated the benefits, replicability, and reliability of their innovation to developing geothermal.
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