The most demanding applications receive the greatest benefit from a high natural heat flux, ideally from using a hot spring. By using geothermal sources of energy present generations of humans will not endanger the capability of future generations to use their own resources to the same amount that those energy sources are presently used.
These binary plants originated in the Soviet Union in the late s and predominate in new US plants. This last approach is called hot dry rock geothermal energy in Europe, or enhanced geothermal systems in North America.
The Wairakei power station has been running much longer, with its first unit commissioned in Novemberand it attained its peak generation of MW inbut already the supply of high-pressure steam was faltering, in being derated to intermediate pressure and the station managing MW.
However, capital costs are significant. Hot water to district heating 8: They may be further augmented by fluid circulation, either through magma conduitshot springshydrothermal circulation or a combination of these.
Here the steam turns back into a liquid which then cools the water. In order to produce more energy than the pumps consume, electricity generation requires relatively hot fields and specialized heat cycles. By the laws of thermodynamics this low temperature limits the efficiency of heat engines in extracting useful energy during the generation of electricity.
However, even in areas where the ground is colder than room temperature, heat can often be extracted with a geothermal heat pump more cost-effectively and cleanly than by conventional furnaces. This technology allows the use of much lower temperature resources than were previously recoverable.
Wairakei was the first station to use flash steam technology. Iceland is the world leader in direct applications.
Plant construction can adversely affect land stability. The long-term sustainability of geothermal energy has been demonstrated at the Lardarello field in Italy sinceat the Wairakei field in New Zealand since and at The Geysers field in California since The region of greatest potential is the Canadian Cordillerastretching from British Columbia to the Yukon, where estimates of generating output have ranged from 1, MW to 5, MW.
Pumps are generally not required, powered instead when the water turns to steam. Exhaust heat is wasted, unless it can be used directly and locally, for example in greenhouses, timber mills, and district heating. Dry steam power stations[ edit ] Dry steam stations are the simplest and oldest design.
Electricity generation requires high-temperature resources that can only come from deep underground. The hot water flows up through wells in the ground under its own pressure. Hot water to district heating 8: This is the most common type of station in operation today. Detailed data are unavailable, being lost due to re-organisations.
Each phase has associated risks. This is the most common type of geothermal electricity station being constructed today. The conductive heat flux averages 0. Such mitigation strategies have already been implemented at some sites. In addition to dissolved gases, hot water from geothermal sources may hold in solution trace amounts of toxic elements such as mercuryarsenicboronand antimony.
Enhanced geothermal system Enhanced geothermal systems EGS actively inject water into wells to be heated and pumped back out. This parasitic load is normally a fraction of the heat output, so it is always less polluting than electric heating.
Human extraction taps a minute fraction of the natural outflow, often without accelerating it.Geothermal power plants conversion efﬁciency estimates that is based on the enthalpy of the produced geothermal ﬂuid can be the most desirable for use during the ﬁrst estimates of power potential of new wells and for resource estimation studies.
Dry steam power plants systems were the first type of geothermal power generation plants built (they were first used at Lardarello in Italy in ). Steam technology is still effective today at currently in use at The Geysers in northern California, the world's largest single source of geothermal power.
The largest group of geothermal power plants in the world is located at The Geysers, a geothermal field in California. The Philippines is the second highest producer, with 1, MW of capacity online.
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The largest group of geothermal power plants in the world is located at The Geysers, a geothermal field in California, United States.
As offive countries (El Salvador, Kenya, the Philippines, Iceland, and Costa Rica) generate more than 15% of their electricity from geothermal sources. Most geothermal power plants can run at greater than 90% availability (i.e., producing more than 90% of the time), but running at 97% or 98% can increase maintenance costs.
Higher-priced electricity justifies running the plant 98% of the time because the resulting higher maintenance costs are recovered.Download