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Title: Assessing geothermal energy potential in upstate New York. Final report, Tasks 1, 3, and 4

Abstract

New York State`s geothermal energy potential was evaluated based on a new resource assessment performed by the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) and currently commercial technologies, many of which have become available since New York`s potential was last evaluated. General background on geothermal energy and technologies was provided. A life-cycle cost analysis was performed to evaluate the economics of using geothermal energy to generate electricity in upstate New York. A conventional rankine cycle, binary power system was selected for the economic evaluation, based on SUNY-Buffalo`s resource assessment. Binary power systems are the most technologically suitable for upstate New York`s resources and have the added advantage of being environmentally attractive. Many of the potential environmental impacts associated with geothermal energy are not an issue in binary systems because the geothermal fluids are contained in a closed-loop and used solely to heat a working fluid that is then used to generate the electricity Three power plant sizes were selected based on geologic data supplied by SUNY-Buffalo. The hypothetical power plants were designed as 5 MW modular units and sized at 5 MW, 10 MW and 15 MW. The life-cycle cost analysis suggested that geothermal electricity in upstate New York,more » using currently commercial technology, will probably cost between 14 and 18 cents per kilowatt-hour.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); DynCorp - EENSP, Alexandria, VA (United States). Environmental Programs Div.
Sponsoring Org.:
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY (United States); USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
501499
Report Number(s):
LA-SUB-97-19-Pt.1
ON: DE97007550; TRN: 97:004369
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 25 Jul 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; RESOURCE ASSESSMENT; NEW YORK; GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANTS; Geothermal Legacy

Citation Formats

Manger, K.C. Assessing geothermal energy potential in upstate New York. Final report, Tasks 1, 3, and 4. United States: N. p., 1996. Web. doi:10.2172/501499.
Manger, K.C. Assessing geothermal energy potential in upstate New York. Final report, Tasks 1, 3, and 4. United States. doi:10.2172/501499.
Manger, K.C. Thu . "Assessing geothermal energy potential in upstate New York. Final report, Tasks 1, 3, and 4". United States. doi:10.2172/501499. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/501499.
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title = {Assessing geothermal energy potential in upstate New York. Final report, Tasks 1, 3, and 4},
author = {Manger, K.C.},
abstractNote = {New York State`s geothermal energy potential was evaluated based on a new resource assessment performed by the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) and currently commercial technologies, many of which have become available since New York`s potential was last evaluated. General background on geothermal energy and technologies was provided. A life-cycle cost analysis was performed to evaluate the economics of using geothermal energy to generate electricity in upstate New York. A conventional rankine cycle, binary power system was selected for the economic evaluation, based on SUNY-Buffalo`s resource assessment. Binary power systems are the most technologically suitable for upstate New York`s resources and have the added advantage of being environmentally attractive. Many of the potential environmental impacts associated with geothermal energy are not an issue in binary systems because the geothermal fluids are contained in a closed-loop and used solely to heat a working fluid that is then used to generate the electricity Three power plant sizes were selected based on geologic data supplied by SUNY-Buffalo. The hypothetical power plants were designed as 5 MW modular units and sized at 5 MW, 10 MW and 15 MW. The life-cycle cost analysis suggested that geothermal electricity in upstate New York, using currently commercial technology, will probably cost between 14 and 18 cents per kilowatt-hour.},
doi = {10.2172/501499},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 1996},
month = {Thu Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 1996}
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