Small-Scale Geothermal Power Plant Field Verification Projects: Preprint

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In the spring of 2000, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory issued a Request for Proposal for the construction of small-scale (300 kilowatt [kW] to 1 megawatt [MW]) geothermal power plants in the western United States. Five projects were selected for funding. Of these five, subcontracts have been completed for three, and preliminary design work is being conducted. The three projects currentlyunder contract represent a variety of concepts and locations: a 1-MW evaporatively enhanced, air-cooled binary-cycle plant in Nevada; a 1-MW water-cooled Kalina-cycle plant in New Mexico; and a 750-kW low-temperature flash plant in Utah. All three also incorporate direct heating: onion dehydration, heating for a fish hatchery, and greenhouse heating, respectively. These projects are expected tobegin operation between April 2002 and September 2003. In each case, detailed data on performance and costs will be taken over a 3-year period.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2001
EventGeothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (GRC 2001) - San Diego, California
Duration: 26 Aug 200129 Aug 2001


ConferenceGeothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (GRC 2001)
CitySan Diego, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-30275


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