Geothermal Energy Articles

  • As Global Demand for Electricity Grows, Geothermal Energy Heats Up

    January 9, 2017 — At 2:46 p.m. local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1 magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the back-up emergency generators that cooled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing a series of ...


    By Ensia

  • Regional geological recognition for the implementation of a urban geothermal concept

    A reflection seismic survey was performed in the city of Lausanne (CH) to map geological layers relevant to geothermal energy production. By using a wireless seismic system and a powerful seismic vibrator source we were able to high quality results despite the presence of elevated urban noise levels. The new subsurface maps allow the estimation of the geothermal potential for the city of ...


    By Geo2X

  • 5 Eco-Friendly Installations that Attract Homebuyers

    Many homeowners are going green for different reasons. Some want to reduce their carbon footprint, others want to save money, either way going green is in. Here are five ways to add eco-friendly features to your home. Reclaim Gray Water The average family of four, according to the Environmental Protect Agency, uses 400 gallons of water every single day. Using gray water, however, ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • 24kW Ground Source Heat Pump In Essex - Case Study

    The space heating and hot water for this property was previously done by an oil boiler. The client was considering a ground source heat pump in order to lower running costs and benefit from tariff payments under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Better Planet carried out a room by room heat loss calculation. This is required in order to size the heat pump ...


  • Case Study - Aluto Langano Power Plant Rehabilitation

    Aluto Langano, Ethiopia – 2007 The Aluto Langano Geothermal Pilot Plant (ALGPP) is located on the Aluto volcanic complex of the Ethiopian Rift valley, close to the eastern escarpment between Lake Langano and Lake Ziway, some 200 km southeast of Addis Ababa. The Aluto volcanic complex is a young acidic system consisting of domes, lava, and pyroclastic interbeds. The geothermal field was ...

  • Zoo-technical application of Ground Source Heat Pumps: a pilot case study

    Ground Source Heat Pumps are energy-efficient HVAC systems usually adopted in residential and commercial buildings. However the control of the thermal environment is required not only in spaces occupied by people, but also in intensive breeding farms, in order to maintain healthy conditions and to increase productivity. In the Italian livestock breedings, heating is usually provided by means of ...


    By Tethys srl

  • Geothermal Survey Project for SINOPEC, Texas - Case Study

    In April 2014, we designed and implemented the seismoelectric survey in south of Houston, TX to detecting the geothermal resource for Sinopec ...


    By Seismo Electronic LLC.

  • Case Study - Evaluating Geothermal Potential - Ravenna, Italy

    University of Bologna researchers carried out an investigation of the thermal properties of the coastal aquifer at Ravenna Italy in order to evaluate its geothermal potential for residential heating. As part of that investigation, they measured the water temperature versus depth at 56 piezometers. EnviroInsite was then utilized to establish the relationship of water temperature with land use, ...


    By EI LLC

  • Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) - Case Studies

    Case Study: “GHP schools used approximately 26% less source energy per square foot of floor area,” according to an evaluation of Lincoln, Nebraska schools by the Department of Energy. The report concludes that the schools using GHP technology “outperform others in the school district.” Case Study: Annual electrical consumption in Fort Polk ...

  • Energizing our green future

    As world leaders come together at the UN General Assembly to adopt new sustainable development goals, climate change activists gear up for Climate Week in New York City and the Pope brings his message to the United Nations, a shared vision of ...


    By The World Bank

  • Efficiency of a Biodegradable Antiscalant against Barite under Geothermal Plant Conditions

    In geothermal power plants, various types of scales can occur. Barite (BaSO4, barium sulfate) is the dominating mineral species of the scales in a region in middle Europe, acting as isolation material and leading to a reduction of the heat transfer and clogging of installations. Further, sulphide minerals like galena (PbS, lead sulfide) may be part of the scaling. As a ...


    By Kurita

  • Harrogate Borough Council - Ground Source Heat Pump case study

    Customer: Harrogate Borough Council Location: Copt Ewich Heating System: Ground Source Heat Pump Harrogate Borough Council installed 94 heat pumps in 2006 as a test project in a number of sites in Harrogate. Eight of these were fitted in a scheme at Copt Ewick. On one of these systems two Vortexs’ were fitted one on the ground loop and one ...


    By Vortex Energy Saver

  • Ground Source Heat Pump installed in eco house

    This case study looks at a ground source heat pump being installed in London. A Ground Source Heat Pump was chosen as a sustainable and energy efficient way to provide 100% space heating and hot water for this 550m2 new build eco-house in East London. A Heat Recovery Mechanical Ventilation System was also utilised, which, together with Solar Thermal hot water and LED lighting give this stunning ...


    By Ground Sun

  • This small Central American country is a renewable energy powerhouse

    When you think of places that rely on geothermal power for energy production, El Salvador probably isn’t the first location that comes to mind. But this tiny Central American country is a geothermal powerhouse. According to the International Energy ...


    By Ensia

  • Earthy, solaris and atmospheric energy sources

    Earth, sun and atmosphere are the ultimate energy resources. In addition to fossil fuels, earth radiates over 45 TW geothermal energy. Sun radiates about 89 PW energy to earth's surface. Lunar gravity supplies over 100 GW tidal ocean energy. Accessible energy from geothermal, solar, tides, waves and winds is far more than our current 17 TW energy demand, yet there are new avenues like tornadoes ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impacts of Shallow Geothermal Energy on Groundwater Quality

    The use of shallow geothermal energy (SGE) systems to acclimatize buildings has increased exponentially in the Netherlands and worldwide. In certain areas, SGE systems are constructed in aquifers also used for drinking water supply raising the question of potential groundwater quality impact. Impacts of Shallow Geothermal Energy on Groundwater Quality provides a hydrochemical and geomicrobial ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case study - green machine in Romania running off geothermal brine

    Gross Power Output Avg: 50kWe Thermal Heat Input: 700kWt Hot Water Input Range: 105°C Hot Water Flow: 10.1 l/s Average Ambient Temp: 12°C The Green Machine was commissioned at a geothermal well in Romania. The machine produces 50kW (gross) of electricity from the geothermal hot water (216°F/102°C) without any fuel or emissions. To further increase the ...


    By ElectraTherm

  • Case study - ElectraTherm generates power from low temperature geothermal

    Site: Florida Canyon, Nevada, USA Gross Power Output: up to 75kWe Hot Water Input Range: 225-230F Hot Water Flow: 150 GPM Thermal Heat Input: 660kWt Air Cooled Condenser ElectraTherm successfully commissioned its Green Machine at the Florida Canyon Mine in Imlay, Nevada. ElectraTherm marked the occasion at Florida Canyon Mine with a commissioning ceremony including officials ...


    By ElectraTherm

  • FEMP Publishes Aspinall Courthouse - Case Study

    The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) announces the publication of Aspinall Courthouse: GSA’s Historic Preservation and Net-Zero Renovation. This case study documents the effort of the U.S. General Services ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Fossil Fuel Development in the Arctic is a Bad Investment

    Even master chess players can miss a great move when they have been primed to look for a different one. To explore this phenomenon, researchers tracked master chess players’ eye movements when given chessboards with different layouts. With the first board, players could reach checkmate using a familiar move. When given the second chessboard, the players' eyes kept looking at the pieces ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

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