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Petrobras and Foro Energy Announce Signing Extension of Technology Cooperation Agreement

Thursday, February 16, 2017

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Petrobras and Foro Energy today announced the signing of an amendment extending their Technology Cooperation Agreement (TCA) for developing a next generation high power laser drilling system. Read More

High­power lasers in the energy industry

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The hole story: Femtosecond manufacturing improves automobile fuel efficiency
Foro Energy is commercializing high­power lasers in the oil, gas, geothermal, and mining industries with a unique capability and hardware platform that uses field­packaged high­power fiber lasers and fiber­optic cables to transmit the laser power over long distances. This laser power is then combined with mechanical tools to provide enhanced and potentially breakthrough performance and capabilities.  Read More

Petrobras and Foro Energy Announce Signing of Technology Cooperation Agreement

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOUSTON­­(BUSINESS WIRE)­­Petrobras and Foro Energy today announced the signing of a Technology Cooperation Agreement (TCA) for high power laser drilling research and development. The program with the Leopoldo Americo Miguez de Mello Research & Development Center (CENPES) will focus on developing a next generation high power laser drilling system. The TCA sets the framework for collaborative research between Petrobras and Foro Energy over an initial three­year time period with the opportunity for extensions.  Read More

High-power fiber lasers for geothermal, oil, and gas industries

Saturday, May 05, 2012

A high-power fiber laser succeeds in drilling through ultra-hard crys- talline rock.
The concept of using lasers to drill through rock has been dis- cussed in the oil and gas industries since the development of the high-power laser. Mauer’s book on advanced drilling tech- niques summarized the early attempts to develop a CO2-based laser drill in the 1960s, but concluded that the technology was premature because of its size and complexity.1 In 2002, Ramona Graves from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) demonstrated the potential of laser drilling by destroying a rock with a mid-IR advanced chemical laser, and later characterized the ability of a high-power diode laser to drill through rock.2 At the time, how- ever, there were still substantial gaps in the technology that pre- vented commercial development. The innovation that opened up the prospect of commercializing laser drilling was the intro- duction of a 10kW fiber laser by IPG Photonics in 2008. A year later, with the assistance of CSM, we started developing a laser drilling process capable of creating a commercial grade borehole, along with the supporting technology necessary to field a laser drilling system.  Read More

Renewable Energy Returns to Spotlight

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Obama administration is putting its green-power agenda back on center stage Tuesday as a Senate committee begins debating a bill to curb the greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Read More

Low­Contact Drilling Technology to Enable Economical EGS Wells

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Critical Need: Geothermal energy is a potentially vast source of clean baseload electricity in the U.S. However, it is difficult and expensive to penetrate the ultra­ hard rock formations found at many prospective geothermal sites. Conventional drill bits penetrate ultra­hard rock formations slowly and wear down quickly, which makes the drilling process time consuming and expensive. More economical drilling methods are required to enable access to next­ generation energy resources, including geothermal and natural gas.  Read More


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