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33 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® FEBRUARY 2021 Oil/Water Exploration by Harold White Lowell is a small town about 20 miles east of Eugene, Oregon, along the Willamette River. Two large dams make two large lakes there, and altogether it makes a good picture from our drill site on the mountain, on the south side of the lake. There in the trees far below, are some bald (American) eagles. They fly around the lakes (reservoirs) and catch fish near the surface. Their life looks easy and beautiful from up here. I guess I should stop looking around and go back to work. One thing about work - if you don’t enjoy the work you are doing, do something else or quit thinking negatively, and think of what you do like about the job you are doing. There are lots of things I like about well drilling. Anyway, just be happy - it’s a fun habit. Back to my work - well drilling in an area where a dam has been built is a good place to find yourself drilling in some dam hard rock. If every well was this hard to drill, the price charged would go way up. Sean and the crew had just set the casing and were putting the bentonite around in the seal when I saw some smoke rising. I asked if someone started a fire on the far side of the rig and they responded, “No.” You should have seen the shock on their faces. They scrambled to get fire extinguishers, then got up on the drill deck. The fire was out in one blurry flash of movement. It is great to see fire drills in action can be so fast. The fire was started by a battery cable that shorted out on the starter solenoid. Winter is here for several more months. I would rather be in the south or in a warmer country finding hot or cold water, oil, gas, or lithium. Harold Harold White may be contacted via e-mail to WTR Round One Winners of Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Adapted from Information by U.S. Department of Energy and American-Made Challenges The American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize was designed to encourage innovation using additive manufacturing to address challenges unique to operations in harsh geothermal environments. Launched in April 2020, the contest is divided into 4 stages - Ready!, Set!, Make!, and GEO!. Winners of the first round of competition, the READY! contest, were announced by Daniel R. Simmons, assistant secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Fifteen teams were recipients of a cash prize: • Team Schlumberger - led by Bhushan Pendse • Team Baker Hughes • Team Schlumberger led by Huilin Tu • Multiscale Systems • Dr. Edem Tsikata • Sage Geosystems • Dreamer Geothermophiles • Dr. Harold Snyder • Team Hypersciences • GreenFire Energy • Welltec • Team PLUGS • Ozark Integrated Circuits • The Bit Guys • Team Ultra High-Temperature Logging Tool These winners will advance to the next stage - SET!. In this round of competi- tion, competitors will form a team to build and test a functioning prototype. Winners of the second round of competition will divide a $1 million prize and advance to the next stage. According to a recently released GeoVision study, this competition supports the geothermal industry’s ability to achieve the goal of 60 GWe (gigawatts electric) of geothermal capacity by 2050. In the American-Made Challenges series, the world’s best-in-class research is united with the unparalleled entrepreneurial support system of the American-Made network, poised to create an extensive portfolio of innovations demonstrating the promising future of additive manufacturing. Backed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Geothermal Prize is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Participants who make it to the final competition may receive a total of up to $3.25 million in cash prizes. GEO 302-684-3197 FAX: 302-384-0643 142 Broadkill Rd. • Milton, DE 19968 email: Manufacturers of Slotted & Perforated Pipe ranging from ½” to 24” diameter Atlantic Screen & Mfg., Inc. • Well Rehab. Products • Manholes • Bentonite • Filter Sock • Inline Chemical Mixers • Sampling Bailers • Clear PVC Pipe • Locking Caps