geothermal power plant development Articles

  • Geothermal Energy... Power from the Depths

    The Earth's crust is a bountiful source of energy—and fossil fuels are only part of the story. Heat or thermal energy is by far the more abundant resource. To put it in perspective, the thermal energy in the uppermost six miles of the Earth's crust amounts to 50,000 times the energy of all oil and gas resources in the world! The word 'geothermal' literally means 'Earth' plus 'heat.' ...

  • 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 ...

  • Case Study - 2.4 MW Geothermal Wellhead Power Plant

    Eburru, Kenya – 2012 Under a contract with Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), GDA designed, manufactured, tested, and shipped all of the major equipment for a 2.4 MW wellhead power plant at Eburru, Kenya. GDA also provided supervision and technical support during installation and commissioning of the plant. At the heart of the plant is an Elliott 8-stage GYR turbine. This ...

  • Nevada Geothermal, Ormat to develop Oregon resource

    Nevada Geothermal Power Inc. (Vancouver, B.C.) and Ormat Nevada Inc., a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies Inc. (Reno, NV), have signed an agreement under which the two companies will jointly develop, construct, own, and operate one or more geothermal power plants at the Crump Geyser Project Area in Lake County, Oregon. The agreement calls for the formation of a limited liability company, ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 - 6MW Non-Condensing Power Plant

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2003 First Geothermal Power Station in PNG: Press Release, April 16, 2003 Lihir Gold Limited “Gold company Lihir Gold Limited is turning its vast geothermal resource into an opportunity. In April, the company started commissioning a 6MW geothermal power station, the first in Papua New Guinea to use natural geothermal ...

  • 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

  • Case Study - 28 MW Dual-Flash Power Plant

    Brady Hot Springs, Nevada, USA – 1992 GDA was a partial owner in this successful project and was responsible for exploration and development of the resource. As Manager of Wellfield Development, GDA recommended the comprehensive wellfield development plan, formulated the exploration program, supervised surface geological mapping and geophysical surveys for siting production and injection ...

  • Evaluation of utilisation opportunities of geothermal energy in the Kavala region, Greece, using exergy analysis

    Greece has a lot of geothermal energy fields. Due to legal inefficiencies, the exploitation of this renewable energy source remains at very low levels. In this work, the operation of a cogeneration (hot water and electricity) geothermal plant that could be built in Eratino, Greece, is analysed. The research on the development of a low enthalpy geothermal field is investigated as a very essential ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • Closing the door on building new coal-fired power plants in America

    Community opposition, legal challenges, and financial uncertainty over future carbon costs are prompting companies to rethink their plans for coal. Since the beginning of 2007, 95 proposed coal-fired power plants have been cancelled or postponed in the United States--59 in 2007, 24 in 2008, and at least 12 in the first three months of 2009. This covers nearly half of the 200 or so U.S. coal-fired ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Utilizing Waste Heat For Power

    Continuous duty gen-sets provide base-load power generation in diverse applications around the globe. However, high fuel costs and engine maintenance are pain points felt by operators. A low-maintenance path to significant fuel savings and lower emissions is what the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) had in mind when they approached ElectraTherm to integrate the company’s Green Machine waste ...


    By ElectraTherm

  • Columbus, Georgia`s High-Efficiency, Low Cost, Digester-Gas-Fired Power Plant

    ABSTRACTGrowing concern over the cost of power and long-term availability of limited fossil fuel resources for the production of electricity have caused electrical utilities and governments to promote “green” or renewable power. Solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydroelectricity are current acceptable green-power sources. Digester gas is a renewable, green energy resource ...

  • The flawed economics of nuclear power

    Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of private capital investing in nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets. The reason is simple: nuclear power is uneconomical. In an excellent ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Coal-fired power on the way out?

    The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Initially led by environmental groups, both national and local, it has since been joined by prominent national political leaders and many state governors. The principal reason for opposing coal plants is that they are changing the earth’s climate. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • 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

  • Decentralised energy: powering a sustainable future

    With rising fuel prices putting households under pressure, Helen Andrews Tipper, Public Sector Energy Programmes Manager, explains how decentralised energy schemes provide an alternative solution How we generate and consume energy is perhaps the most significant threat to economic and social wellbeing that we face today. Already high energy prices are only predicted to keep rising. Our ...


    By Carbon Trust

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