Geothermal Articles

  • What energy efficiency type are you?

    By Elisa Wood July 29, 2010  Not so long ago, consumers seemed to like energy efficiency just a little bit more than going to the dentist. Clearly that has changed, as evidenced by the recent run on appliance and home retrofit subsidies in several states. Greens are no longer alone in swooning over front loader washing machines and geothermal heat pumps. But who exactly are these new ...

  • Modeling geothermal wells using SVHeat and SVFlux

    Numerical modeling of geothermal processes has received increased attention in recent years. The process of installing geothermal heating systems in residential homes and cottages is one application of numerical models. These systems typically involve drilling between one and three wells on a particular property. Heat exchangers then act as a pump and remove heat from the ground in order to heat ...


    By SoilVision Systems Ltd.

  • Permeable (pervious) pavements and geothermal heat pumps: addressing sustainable urban stormwater management and renewable energy

    Water and energy are the two most fundamental ingredients of modern civilisation and are also the most precious and essential resources around the globe. They are inseparably coupled and with increasing pressures on these resources as the world's populations grow, the concepts of a combined approach can be applied while addressing the economic, climate, water and energy crises. Sustainable ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What’s geothermal again?

    Some green energy sources seem to have charisma; others struggle for public attention with little success. Solar energy is an “it” technology, as evidenced once again by the tremendous participation in the annual Solar Power International conference in Anaheim, California this week (Oct. 27-29). Twice as many companies (945) are displaying their wares in the Expo Hall this year, despite the still ...

  • Incentives for energy saving homes

    The federal government’s push for green, energy efficient homes is a strong indication of better financing, higher real estate value and faster sales, which is all good news for consumers and the housing industry. To encourage energy conservation in housing, heftier real estate tax credits are being given for solar panels, solar water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, heavy-duty insulation, ...


  • Are you eligible for a manufacturing tax credit?

    The United States has been generous with tax credits for energy production. But until now, it’s been somewhat miserly about giving breaks to those who make the equipment that makes the energy – or saves it.That’s changed with creation of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Credit (MTC), part of the federal stimulus package. The 30% tax credit makes $2.3 billion available for new, expanded, or ...

  • Effect of Non-Condensable Gases on geothermal power plant performance. Case study: Kizildere Geothermal Power Plant-Turkey

    Non-Condensable Gases (NCGs) are natural components of geothermal fluids, and they are a source of considerable capital and operating costs for power plants. The NCG content of geothermal steam varies over the world from almost zero to as much as 25% (wt). In this work, the influence of NCGs on the thermodynamic performance of geothermal power plants is analysed for various NCG content and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New energy economy emerging in the United States

    As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging in the United States. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • World geothermal power generation nearing eruption

    With fossil fuel prices escalating and countries searching for ways to reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions, capturing the earth’s heat for power generation is garnering new attention. First begun in Larderello, Italy, in 1904, electricity generation using geothermal energy is now taking place in 24 countries, 5 of which use it to produce 15 percent or more of their total ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • World geothermal power generation nearing eruption

    With fossil fuel prices escalating and countries searching for ways to reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions, capturing the earth’s heat for power generation is garnering new attention. First begun in Larderello, Italy, in 1904, electricity generation using geothermal energy is now taking place in 24 countries, 5 of which use it to produce 15 percent or more of their total ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Heat Pumps – FAQs

    1. What is a Heat Pump? To put it simply; ground source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps produce high grade heat from low grade heat which is found in the earth and our atmosphere.2. How does a Heat Pump Work?Heat pumps work in exactly the same way as air conditioners or refrigerators, but in reverse! Heat pumps capture latent energy which is stored in sources such as air, water and earth. ...


  • Identification of high-prospect geothermal energy projects in China

    This project will focus on the identification of highly prospective geothermal energy projects in China with cooperation of Australia. The emphasis will be on geothermal prospects in the non-volcanic regions that comprise the bulk of China. The primary goal of the proposed co-operative project is to produce a portfolio of high prospect geothermal projects that are ranked in terms of ...

  • Case Study - 2.0 MW Nominal Geothermal Power Plant

    Lake Naivasha, Kenya – 2007 Under a contract signed in June 2006 with Oserian, Geothermal Development Associates (GDA) agreed to design, manufacture, inspect, test, pack, and ship a 2 MW nominal geothermal steam turbine generator and related power plant auxiliary components from Reno, Nevada, USA to the Oserian flower-growing facility near Lake Naivasha, Kenya. GDA will provide technical ...

  • Hybrid Geothermal/Solar Energy Technology For Power Generation

    The novel proposed schemes of hybrid Solar Chimney Power Plant (SCPP) offer a number of potential advantages and represents an innovative way to reduce cost and minimizing the environmental impact. They are based on thermal conversion, which allows hybrid operation with both solar radiation and low temperature geothermal to continue generating electricity even when sunlight is not available. This ...


  • Hydrogen as transport fuel in Iceland. The political, technological and commercial story of ECTOS

    Through the political, the technological and the commercial story of the early phases of the ECTOS project and its background, the implementation of hydrogen as transport fuel in Iceland is analysed. The presence of large amounts of geothermal energy is the resource basis for the governmental plans for converting Iceland into a hydrogen economy. Strong political commitment has established the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Its Easy Being Green

    Building your home with benefits for you and respect for the planet Today, many homebuilders want to build projects that protect their environment. Happily, the savvy homeowner can design a house that, at little or no cost, provides the rewards of a healthier environment and lower utility bills. Indeed, many measures launched out of concern for the environment will deliver better results than ...


    By Chandler LLC

  • Exergy analysis and pressure optimisation of geothermal binary power plants

    Binary geothermal power plants are used for power production from moderate temperature geothermal reservoirs (85-170°C). In performance analysis of those plants, the second law of thermodynamics is used like in other conventional power plants. In this paper, the exergy analysis and pressure optimisation methods are described for binary power plants. The method described is applied to a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A BME solution of the stochastic three-dimensional Laplace equation representing a geothermal field subject to site-specific information

    This work develops a model of the geothermal field in the Nea Kessani region (Greece) by means of the Bayesian maximum entropy (BME) method, which describes the temperature variations across space in the underground geological formations. The geothermal field is formed by a thermal reservoir consisting of arcosic sandstones. The temperature distribution vs depth was first investigated by the ...


    By Springer

  • Thermodynamic analysis of a geothermal district heating system

    Thermoeconomic analysis is considered a useful tool for investigators in engineering and other disciplines due to its methodology based on the quantities exergy, cost, energy and mass. This study deals with an investigation of capital costs and thermodynamic losses for devices in the Balcova Geothermal District Heating Systems (BGDHS). Thermodynamic loss rate-to-capital cost ratios are used for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A necessary condition for optimum Rankine cycle power plants

    Consumers pay more for electricity than necessary partly because commercial power plant operating criteria are not universally valid. Although such plants are commonly designed to provide electricity at least cost for given conditions, operating criteria lack a rigorous thermodynamic basis. The current empiricism alone costs US consumers billions of dollars per year. This dilemma exists because ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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