Norway goes in for deep geothermal energy

The Research Council of Norway is putting NOK 24 million into the four-year NEXT-Drill project, in which scientists and industry partners will develop technology and tools for producing geothermal heat from the bowels of the Earth. The expert group that will develop and trial drilling and well technology for this purpose includes scientists from SINTEF, NTNU, the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) and the University of Stavanger. Their vision is to become a global centre of expertise in exploiting drilling and well technology for conventional and deep geothermal energy.