Developing innovative geotechnical solutions for a sustainable energy future
Paris Smalls and Ammar Alali met in a seismology class at MIT as second-year PhD students. During this time, they learned about induced seismicity and other related environmental issues associated with high-water usage during hydraulic fracturing operations in the geothermal industry. This inspired them to combine their previous experiences working in the geothermal and petroleum research fields to develop an environmentally friendly alternative to hydraulic fracturing. Eden GeoTech (formally known as Eden GeoPower) was incorporated in the spring of 2017 to develop commercial solutions for sustainable rock fracturing.
The novel electric based stimulation technology the team is developing can be 100% powered by renewable energy, allowing a first-of-its kind stimulation technique that can offset carbon emissions, while saving billions of gallons of water annually by replacing traditional hydraulic fracturing. To date, the team has been supported by dilutive and non-dilutive funding from the NSF-SBIR Phase I & II, Good Growth Capital, Phaze Ventures, Spark Labs Accelerator, Ameren Accelerator, NSF I-Corps, Mass Clean Energy Center, and KAUST Innovation Fund. The company is currently headquartered at GreenTown Labs, the largest clean technology incubator in the United States, and is looking to expand offices in Saudi Arabia in the near future.