Alternative Geothermal Power Production Scenarios


The information given in this file pertains to Argonne life-cycle analyses (LCAs) of the plant cycle stage for a set of ten new geothermal scenario pairs, each comprised of a reference and improved case. These analyses were conducted to compare environmental performances among the scenarios and cases. The types of plants evaluated are hydrothermal binary and flash and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) binary and flash plants. Each scenario pair was developed by the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) group using the Geothermal Electricity Evaluation Model (GETEM) as a way to identify plant operational and resource combinations that could reduce geothermal power plant LCOE values. Based on the specified plant and well field characteristics (plant type, capacity, capacity factor and lifetime, and well numbers and depths) for each case of each pair, Argonne generated a corresponding set of material to power ratios (MPRs) and greenhouse gas and fossil energy ratios.

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DOE Project Number: FY13 AOP 1
DOE Project Lead: Arlene Anderson
DOI: 10.15121/1148726
Last Updated: over a year ago
Data from March, 2014
Submitted Mar 14, 2014


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