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Eden GeoPower secures grant on technology to increase permeability in geothermal reservoirs

Oil wells in North Dakota (source: flickr/ Tim Evanson, creative commons)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 8 Aug 2018

Eden GeoPower has secured a small business innovation research grant of $225k from the National Science Foundation in the U.S. to help develop a new method to help increase permeability in oil oil and gas/ geothermal reservoirs.

Eden GeoPower, a startup we reported on earlier this summer, has today announced that it has been granted the Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I award of $225,000 from the National Science Foundation. This award will be used to develop a new “Low-Frequency Electric Impulse” method for increasing permeability in oil and gas/geothermal reservoirs without pumping hazardous material into the subsurface. This method will allow for increased hydrocarbon and geothermal power production, providing a new state-of-the art reservoir stimulation technique that can replace current hydraulic fracking methods in the future.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Paris Smalls, Co-Founder and CEO at Eden GeoPower. “With this funding we hope to increase the economics of a geothermal resource and further research in this area across North America. This technique will also have major implications for utilization in the oil and gas industry, since our electric current reservoir simulation technology can provide an environmentally friendly petroleum reservoir stimulation solution.”

The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program- also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF – provides small businesses with equity-free funding to conduct research and development (R&D) work. The funding is intended to allow recipients to bring innovative new products and services to market that drive the commercial success of the small business. Successful applicants receive a grant of up to $225,000 over a period of 6 to 12 months and are eligible to apply for a Phase II award (award amount up to $750,000; duration 2 years).

Due to Eden GeoPower’s innovative technology, the NSF SBIR program identified the proposal with great societal impact with beneficial implications for the renewable energy industry.

Source: Company release (pdf)