Tapping Heat: Geothermal Company Powers Oil Field

Transitional Energy’s geothermal technology was used to harvest heat from produced water at a Nevada oil field to generate electricity, CEO Salina Derichsweiler told Hart Energy.

Tapping Heat: Geothermal Company Powers Oil Field

Transitional Energy successfully produces geothermal energy at oil and gas well. (Source: Business Wire)

Transitional Energy sees value in heat waste, having recently harnessed heat from an oil and gas well’s hot fluids to generate power at the Blackburn oil field in Nevada during a pilot project.

The Colorado-based company is now looking to take its oil and gas expertise and low-temperature geothermal energy technology to the next level as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project to generate 1 megawatt of power at the oil field.

Geothermal energy can help the industry transition from generating baseload power from coal and natural gas to a renewable energy source that is not intermittent, Transitional Energy CEO Salina Derichsweiler told Hart Energy, pointing out geothermal energy’s reliability and abundance.

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Velda Addison

Velda Addison is the senior editor of digital media for Hart Energy’s editorial team. She covers energy with a focus on renewables.