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Method and system for advancement of a borehole using a high power laser

United States Patent

September 9, 2014
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There is provided a system, apparatus and methods for the laser drilling of a borehole in the earth. There is further provided with in the systems a means for delivering high power laser energy down a deep borehole, while maintaining the high power to advance such boreholes deep into the earth and at highly efficient advancement rates, a laser bottom hole assembly, and fluid directing techniques and assemblies for removing the displaced material from the borehole.
Moxley; Joel F. (Denver, CO), Land; Mark S. (Denver, CO), Rinzler; Charles C. (Denver, CO), Faircloth; Brian O. (Evergreen, CO), Zediker; Mark S. (Weldon Spring, MO)
Foro Energy, Inc. (Houston, TX)
12/ 543,986
August 19, 2009
This invention was made with Government support under Award DE-AR0000044awarded by the Office of ARPA-E U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.