advanced pulsed power systems

Tetra Corporation

advanced pulsed power systems

Tetra Corporation

Tetra Corporation

ADVANCED PULSED POWER SYSTEMS

what we do

Tetra has a long track record of developing advanced pulsed power technologies that successfully solve difficult technology problems for our customers.  Recently, we have been working on advanced non-mechanical drilling technologies for the oil, gas, and geothermal markets, as well as advanced nonmechanical mining technologies for the precious metal mining industry.  What problem can we solve for you?

Tetra has invented and demonstrated a new way to electrically crush rock, called the electrocrushing process. Tetra wants to apply this electrocrushing process to drilling wells for oil and gas resources, drilling wells for geothermal resources, mining veins of ore for precious metal mining, excavating large tunnels for transportation and water transport, and space mining. The hard rock drilling rate, as demonstrated in the laboratory, is much faster than conventional drilling technologies, about 10 times faster in the same type of rock.

what we do

Tetra has a long track record of developing advanced pulsed power technologies that successfully solve difficult technology problems for our customers.  Recently, we have been working on advanced non-mechanical drilling technologies for the oil, gas, and geothermal markets, as well as advanced nonmechanical mining technologies for the precious metal mining industry.  What problem can we solve for you?

Tetra has invented and demonstrated a new way to electrically crush rock, called the electrocrushing process. Tetra wants to apply this electrocrushing process to drilling wells for oil and gas resources, drilling wells for geothermal resources, mining veins of ore for precious metal mining, excavating large tunnels for transportation and water transport, and space mining. The hard rock drilling rate, as demonstrated in the laboratory, is much faster than conventional drilling technologies, about 10 times faster in the same type of rock.

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Our Technologies

Repetitive Pulsed Electric Drill (RePED)

This exciting new breakthrough in crushing rock has a number of very interesting applications. The most obvious application, which Tetra has been working on for many years, is drilling oil and gas wells. Tetra has shown, in laboratory tests, that the drilling rate in hard rock is about 10 times faster than conventional drills. Instead of drilling 6 ft./h in hard sandstone the RePED drill can drill 60-100 feet/hr. This makes a substantial difference in cost of accessing hard rock oil and gas resources. The same hard rock drilling technology that can provide the oil and gas industry a major advantage can also provide the geothermal industry with a substantial drilling advantage, significantly decreasing the cost of drilling.

The Vein Miner

By utilizing the same rock crushing technology, but with an array of end effectors somewhat similar to drill bits, a vein of ore can be mined directly. For example, in one of the South African mines, the vein of gold ore is 10 cm wide. The present practice is to mine out the stope 1500 cm high, to provide space for the men to work. All that rock from the 1500 cm stope must be taken to the surface to recover the gold from the 10 cm vein. The Vein Miner will dramatically reduce the dilution of ore, greatly increasing the profitability of mining the gold or silver ore. In addition, because the drill and blast techniques needed to cut that 1500 cm stope will not be needed, the safety of the miners underground is greatly increased.

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Tunneling

The Tetra drilling technology has demonstrated drilling rates substantially faster than conventional drilling technology. Tunnel boring machines (TPM) utilize the same rock crushing technology as conventional drilling. Tetra’s nonmechanical electrocrushing drilling technology should make a substantial gain in tunnel boring machine propagation rates, significantly reducing the cost of boring large diameter tunnels.

Space Mining

The Tetra electrocrushing process does not require high mechanical forces to crush the rock. As a result, there is high interest in utilizing it to mine resources from the moon and asteroids. Tetra is working with a space mining company to explore ways to utilize the electrocrushing process for mining asteroids and the moon.

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Advanced Pulsed Power Switching

Exploring Sic JFET based high temperature architectures with private industry and university development partners.

Fusion Power Conditioning

A key part of designing and developing a fusion power plant is providing the correct voltage and current to power the magnetic fields and plasma heating. The same techniques Tetra utilizes for pulsed power systems can be applied to designing the high current and high voltage circuitry needed to manage the power for a fusion power plant.

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OUR TECHNOLOGIES

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Repetitive Pulsed Electric Drill (RePED)

This exciting new breakthrough in crushing rock has a number of very interesting applications. The most obvious application, which Tetra has been working on for many years, is drilling oil and gas wells. Tetra has shown, in laboratory tests, that the drilling rate in hard rock is about 10 times faster than conventional drills. Instead of drilling 6 ft./h in hard sandstone the RePED drill can drill 60-100 feet/hr. This makes a substantial difference in cost of accessing hard rock oil and gas resources. The same hard rock drilling technology that can provide the oil and gas industry a major advantage can also provide the geothermal industry with a substantial drilling advantage, significantly decreasing the cost of drilling.

The Vein Miner

By utilizing the same rock crushing technology, but with an array of end effectors somewhat similar to drill bits, a vein of ore can be mined directly. For example, in one of the South African mines, the vein of gold ore is 10 cm wide. The present practice is to mine out the stope 1500 cm high, to provide space for the men to work. All that rock from the 1500 cm stope must be taken to the surface to recover the gold from the 10 cm vein. The Vein Miner will dramatically reduce the dilution of ore, greatly increasing the profitability of mining the gold or silver ore. In addition, because the drill and blast techniques needed to cut that 1500 cm stope will not be needed, the safety of the miners underground is greatly increased.

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Tunneling

The Tetra drilling technology has demonstrated drilling rates substantially faster than conventional drilling technology. Tunnel boring machines (TPM) utilize the same rock crushing technology as conventional drilling. Tetra’s nonmechanical electrocrushing drilling technology should make a substantial gain in tunnel boring machine propagation rates, significantly reducing the cost of boring large diameter tunnels.

Space Mining

The Tetra electrocrushing process does not require high mechanical forces to crush the rock. As a result, there is high interest in utilizing it to mine resources from the moon and asteroids. Tetra is working with a space mining company to explore ways to utilize the electrocrushing process for mining asteroids and the moon.

Advanced Pulsed Power Switching

Exploring Sic JFET based high temperature architectures with private industry and university development partners.

Fusion Power Conditioning

A key part of designing and developing a fusion power plant is providing the correct voltage and current to power the magnetic fields and plasma heating. The same techniques Tetra utilizes for pulsed power systems can be applied to designing the high current and high voltage circuitry needed to manage the power for a fusion power plant.

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OUR PRINCIPLES

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MISSION

The Mission of Tetra Corporation and SDG is to seek God and His creative power to develop new technologies to commercialization.

VISION

The vision for Tetra Corporation is to invent and develop new technologies, utilizing  proprietary technology, and capture the value of that technology in a way to provide resource flow into Christian ministry.

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PURPOSE

The purpose of Tetra Corporation is to model a company for Christ in the R & D market sector while developing Tetra’s technology for commercialization and to utilize the proceeds from the commercialization of Tetra’s technology to financially support Christian ministry.

“The RePED drilling technology will transform the oil and gas drilling industry.”

- Oil Company executive

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