geothermal system Articles

  • 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 ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Talking Point: Geothermal systems and the value of maintenance programmes

    Mike Deed, Managing Director of Geoquip Water Solutions, is the author of Talking Point in the October issue of Groundwater Engineering. He focuses on the huge benefits of installing a geothermal system and the importance ...


    By Geoquip Water Solutions

  • 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

  • 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.' ...

  • Personal Account: Stanford Geothermal Workshop

    AltaRock Energy’s Matt Uddenberg accompanied a group of staff to this year’s Stanford Geothermal Conference, where AltaRock’s Susan Petty and Trenton Cladouhos gave a presentation on the Newberry EGS Demonstration. This was Matt’s first experience with the workshop, so we asked him to ...


    By AltaRock Energy, Inc.

  • Electricity production from geothermal sources by binary system; choosing secondary fluids

    Because of the increasing prices of fossil fuels and the demand for cleaner electricity production, many sources of renewable energy have been proposed. Although Turkey has the seventh highest geothermal potential in the world and the second highest in Europe, electricity generation from geothermal energy is quite low. The purpose of this article is to search for the possibility of electrical ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rational use and management of geothermal energy resources

    This article identifies and explains several attributes of geothermal energy. High exergetic efficiency due to a close temperature tie between geothermal energy and district heating and cooling was noted. Parameters governing the rational use and management of geothermal energy systems with special emphasis on integrated-cascaded district energy systems were formulated and explained with two case ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Utilisation of deep geothermal energy for heating purposes

    The Hot-Dry-Rock-(HDR) technology allows a location-independent utilisation of geothermal heat, because aquifers in deep formations, i.e. layers filled with water, are not necessary. The flow paths for the circulating water in a depth of 4 km are created by hydraulic fracturing of existing gaps. Due to the fact that this new technology is quite cost-intensive, high annual load duration of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Investigation of a hybrid solar and geothermal driven absorption cooling system for district applications

    In this paper, a new hybrid geothermal and solar driven absorption cooling system (ACS) is proposed for low–temperature district energy applications. Two approaches are proposed in this study, namely: a) a new model for determining the specific entropy values of LiBr–water solution and (b) two new energetic and exergetic parameters, namely geothermal contribution index and solar contribution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exergy analysis of geothermal electricity using the Kalina cycle

    The geothermal energy that is stored in the earth is so vast that could supply all the energy needed by humanity. The difficulty in tapping this energy lies in its diffusivity. The geothermal energy in regions near volcanoes is close to the surface and easy to use economically. In this paper a vapour dominated system will be examined. The electricity that is produced from such a system is ...


    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

  • 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.

  • Exergetic and sustainability performance assessment of geothermal (ground source) ejector heat pumps

    Although ejectors have been used in cooling/refrigeration and Heat Pumps (HP) applications for a long time, utilisation of Geothermal Ejector Heat Pump (GEHP) with Ground–Heat Exchanger (GHE) is a new idea, which has recently appeared in the literature. In this study, we model a GEHP system with a GHE in terms of exergetic aspects and apply our model to this system in the heating mode. The system ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • Investigation of some renewable energy and exergy parameters for two Geothermal District Heating Systems

    In this study, three new exergy parameters, namely total exergy destruction ratio, component exergy destruction ratio and dimensionless exergy destruction are introduced in addition to energetic renewability ratio, exergetic renewability ratio, energetic reinjection ratio and exergetic reinjection ratio, and compared for Edremit and Bigadic Geothermal District Heating Systems (GDHSs) based on ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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