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Performance Enhancement of Single Flash Geothermal Power Plants

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S. Barsin, K. Aung

Lamar University

Paper No. IMECE2005-79044, pp. 3-9; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2005-79044
From:
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Energy Conversion and Resources
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4218-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME

abstract

The present work investigates thermodynamic optimum conditions with respect to resource utilization by varying the operating pressure of flash drum for an existing geothermal power plant. The main focus of the study is to maximize the power output by minimizing the waste of liquid geothermal fluid re-injected to the well. For this purpose a double-flash system has been incorporated and the effect of operating at optimum flash pressures for both primary and secondary flash units is studied. An economic model is developed that calculates the total capital investment based on the cost of major equipments including pumps, flash drums, turbine generators, and condensers. From the results obtained it can be concluded that the plant at Svartsengi currently is working close to the optimum flashing pressure for the single-flash geothermal power plant. Providing an additional flash unit to convert the high temperature liquid coming from primary flash for Svartsengi and Nevada power plants increases the net power output by 12.7% and 28.9% respectively.

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