Geysers advanced direct contact condenser research
The first geothermal application of the Advanced Direct Contact Condenser (ADCC) technology developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now operational and is being tested at The Geysers Power Plant Unit 11. This major research effort is being supported through the combined efforts of NREL, The Department of Energy (DOE), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). NREL and PG&E have entered into a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) for a project to improve the direct-contact condenser performance at The Geysers Power Plant. This project is the first geothermal adaptation of an advanced condenser design developed for the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) systems. PG&E expects this technology to improve power plant performance and to help extend the life of the steam field by using steam more efficiently. In accordance with the CRADA, no money is transferred between the contracting parties. In this case the Department of Energy is funding NREL for their efforts in this project and PG&E is contributing funds in kind. Successful application of this technology at The Geysers will provide a basis for NREL to continue to develop this technology for other geothermal and fossil power plant systems.
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- Report Number(s):
- DOE/EE--0139; CONF-970376--
ON: DE98001891; TRN: 98:001819-0006
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- Resource Relation:
- Conference: 15. US Department of Energy`s geothermal program review, San Francisco, CA (United States), 24-26 Mar 1997; Other Information: PBD: 1997; Related Information: Is Part Of Role of research in the changing world of energy supply. Proceedings geothermal program review XV; PB: 347 p.
- Research Org:
- USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; 58 GEOSCIENCES; GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANTS; GEYSERS GEOTHERMAL FIELD; VAPOR CONDENSERS; INTERAGENCY COOPERATION; GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; DESIGN Geothermal Legacy
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