Gallery: DOE Invests in High Tech Solutions to Make Deepwater Drilling ...


Inhabitat doesn’t in any way condone deep water drilling for oil and natural gas, but we understand that until renewable solutions even out with emissions-heavy energy resources, it will exist. With the horror of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill still on our minds, it was interesting to hear that the Department of Energy (DOE) is investing in technology that will help prevent another destructive catastrophe like the one in the Gulf of Mexico. Among the DOE’s promising new technologies are a 3-D-laser-imaging robot, research into creating drilling equipment strong enough to withstand natural disasters, an automatic electric-powered pressure protection system, and new systems for cementing wells that will reduce risks related to pressure at deep sea sites.

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