Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Zealand: Funding Provided for Silica Removal from Geothermal Brine Project

$209m funding for new science projects (News Release)

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today announced a total investment of over $209 million over the next five years in new scientific research projects through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) 2016 Endeavour Fund.

Successful applications for 2016 include Enhanced Geothermal Energy Recovery Through Nanotechnology – Research Trust of Victoria University – Wellington:

The development of geothermal energy is compromised by the presence of silica in geothermal brines, which forms problematic silica scale in pipelines, heat exchangers, and valves. Innovative disruptive technology will be developed so that no silica scale can be formed.

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