Mother Nature is a foe that man can’t quite conquer. However, John McLennan, associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Utah, is ready to try.
For the last 50 years, researchers haven’t been able to access geothermal power using a closed-loop system between two wells, where cold water is injected in order to circulate through hydraulic fractures and then brought up to flash as steam. That connection between the two well pathways has never been achieved. However, with the recent popularity of directional drilling, McLennan and his team are hoping to remedy that.