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Advanced geothermal drilling is 70% faster and 50% cheaper than 2022

• arclein

The new record is one in a series of strides Fervo is making to produce affordable, usable, clean power through a process using an enhanced geothermal system (EGS). Last year, Project Red passed its 30-day well test and was able to produce 3.4 megawatts (MW) of power, roughly the energy used by 500 US households. In November, Google announced that the plant was fully operational and connected to the same grid in Nevada to which some of Google's data centers are linked. Fervo is now developing an even larger project in Utah that aims to come online in 2026, and reach its full capacity for pumping out 400 MW of non-stop power in 2028. The wells it is drilling there are even hotter and over 2,100 feet (640 meters) deeper than those from Project Red, so the faster drilling time is even more impressive.