Geothermal 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

  • 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 ...

  • Case Study - 30MW Single Flash Power Plant and 20 MW Expansion

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2005 In December 2003, Lihir Management Company awarded GDA a contract for supply and site supervision for a 30MW (net) geothermal power plant. In 2005, Lihir contracted with GDA for an additional 20 MW of plant equipment. The picture at the right shows the main power house and annex under construction. The power house is the larger open section which ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Net-zero energy: a case study on renewable energy and policy issues at Richardsville Elementary School, Kentucky

    Blazing the trail as the first net-zero energy school, Richardsville Elementary School, Kentucky produces as much renewable energy as it consumes. The high performance, LEED® Gold certified facility was opened in October 2010 for 550 students. Key elements included insulated concrete form-walls, geothermal HVAC systems with decentralised and distributive pumps, active day-lighting with light ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Geothermal Power Approaches 12,000 Megawatts Worldwide

    In 2013, world geothermal electricity-generating capacity grew 3 percent to top 11,700 megawatts across 24 countries. Although some other renewable energy technologies are seeing much faster growth—wind power has expanded 21 percent per year since 2008, for example, while solar power has grown at a blistering 53 percent annual rate—this was geothermal’s best year since the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Design of method and mechanism for geothermal energy extraction

    By drilling using a specially designed hydride carbide (melting point: 1,365°C) drill, we can drill the earth's crust to about 5 to 40 km to reach temperatures of 700 to 1,000°C, with minimum cost of the drill and drilling technology. Further, we can extract energy by pouring in water on an inserted carbide alloy vessel into the drilled well and bringing out as steam to drive the turbines. By ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exergoeconomic evaluation of a geothermal power plant

    In this study, exergy and exergoeconomic analyses of the Dora II geothermal power plant (DGPP) with 9.5 MW net power output are carried out by using real thermodynamic and cost data. The exergetic efficiency of this plant is calculated to be 29.6%. The highest exergy destruction rate among the DGPP components occurs in the cooling towers followed by the turbines, vaporisers, preheaters and pumps. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 7 Different type of alternative energy

    There are different types of clean energy technologies that are available today for electricity generation. Most of these have a number of benefits that different communities can explore and put into good use. Here are some clean sources of energy. Biomass Energy Biomass energy is an alternative source of renewable and clean energy that is one of the oldest and ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Kenya’s first carbon credits from geothermal energy pay for schools

    Last month, I drove through dust on bumpy dirt roads from Nairobi to visit the Oloirowua Primary School in Suswa, 140 kilometers northeast of the Kenya capital. The school sits on the vast savannah near Hell’s Gate National Park, an area with substantial geothermal potential. Here, KenGen, Kenya’s electric generating company, has built the ...


    By The World Bank

  • Sustainable cooling solutions for application in Western Cape Province, South Africa

    The energy demand in building sectors for summer air–conditioning is growing exponentially due to global warming, increased living standards and occupant comfort demands throughout the last decades. Concerns over these environmental changes have begun shifting the emphasis from current cooling methods, to 'sustainable strategies' of achieving equally comfortable conditions in building interiors. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Lessons from Indonesia: Mobilizing Investment in Geothermal Energy

    Developing countries will need about $531 billion of additional investments in clean energy technologies every year in order to limit global temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s worst impacts. To attract investments on the scale required, developing country governments, with ...

  • Performance assessment of an integrated absorption cooling–hydrogen liquefaction system using geothermal energy

    An integrated geothermal based triple effect absorption cooling and Linde–Hampson system for hydrogen gas liquefaction is proposed and analysed thermodynamically. The effect of various operating conditions and parameters on the system performance is studied. The results show that the mass of hydrogen gas pre–cooled by the absorption system per unit mass flow rate of geothermal water flowing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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