Hot Spot for Geothermal Research

Celle Technology Center

The Christensen Diamond Products manufacturing plant opened in Celle, Germany, in 1957. The facility built diamond core heads and drill bits and later expanded to make downhole tools. In 1977, the Celle engineering and manufacturing team introduced the Navi-Drill™ line of downhole drilling motors.

After a series of mergers and acquisitions that began in the late 1970s, the facility became part of Baker Hughes in 1990 with the acquisition of Eastman Christensen. Other innovations developed in Celle include the industry’s first steerable motor system and the AutoTrak™ rotary steerable closed-loop system.

The Celle Technology Center (CTC), as it’s called today, was expanded in 2009 to support joint technology developments, including geothermal, with operators and local universities. Since its grand reopening, the CTC is also home to the Baker Hughes Center of Excellence for geothermal and high-temperature research and development.

In 2009, Baker Hughes and the Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) state government jointly launched a multimillion euro, five-year cooperative university research project aimed at improving the technology for generating geothermal energy from very deep (4000 m to 6000 m) [13,123 ft to 19,685 ft] geological formations. With guidance from Baker Hughes scientists in Celle, Lower Saxony’s technical universities will combine their acknowledged strengths in geosciences, material sciences, drilling technology and technical systems in order to generate leading-edge research results for Baker Hughes to integrate into the development of sustainable and marketable products and services.

The Lower Saxony state government is also providing financial support for Baker Hughes’ research and development of high-temperature electronics for use in drilling and evaluation, as well as completion and production applications. In addition, Germany’s federal government has awarded Baker Hughes a cofunded project to develop cost-efficient drilling technologies for geothermal wells.

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