Monday, August 6, 2018

USA, Arkansas: $1 Million Grant Awarded to Develop a System to Continuously Profile High-Temperature Geothermal Wells

Ozark Integrated Circuits receives $1M U.S. Department of Energy award (Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

Ozark Integrated Circuits Inc. (Ozark IC), a technology firm located in the Arkansas Research and Technology Park at the University of Arkansas, announced today that was it selected for a $1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy for its Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project, “Rugged, Long-Life Flow Monitoring for Enhanced Geothermal Systems.”

The award will enable Ozark IC to use its unique high-temperature expertise and technology to develop a system to continuously profile high-temperature geothermal wells.

For the first time, said Ozark IC founder Matt Francis, drillers will be able to continuously monitor temperature, pressure, flow (and other important data in the future) at many points in high-temperature – up to 400-degree Celsius – wells for thousands of hours. The Ozark IC system will be a significant improvement in geothermal drillers’ ability to continuously monitor the status of a geothermal well. It will also greatly reduce the drillers’ costs. Ozark IC expects this system to be very useful in other high-temperature markets, such as jet engine control and monitoring.

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