Improved High-Temperature ESP Motor Lead Extension Cables for Reliable Geothermal Power Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85138
Agency Tracking Number: N/A
Amount: $99,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 21 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Hooker
 (303) 664-0394
Business Contact
 Lori Pike
Title: Ms.
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Research Institution
The U.S. Department of Energy is developing geothermal power production as an environmentally-clean, renewable energy source. For this technology to be commercially viable, several technologies are needed to enable long-term, reliable operation of the well pumps in the downhole environment. This project will demonstrate the performance of cable extensions based on novel inorganic insulation materials that are capable of long-term, high-voltage, high-temperature operation. In Phase I, the electrical and mechanical properties of the cable insulation materials will be characterized, and the cables will be designed based on the results of these tests. Next, prototype cable systems will be fabricated. Finally, electrical, mechanical, and environmental characterizations of the power cables will be performed to demonstrate their applicability to geothermal power generation. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to the application for geothermal energy production, the technology should be applicable to Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage for the production of heavy oil and to deepwater, offshore, high-temperature high-pressure wells for the production of conventional oil and gas. Other potential applications include use in motor windings, downhole heaters for oil recovery, and micro-hole drilling operations.

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