ENERGY TRANSITION


Energy Transition

 

Theme: Cross-Sector Collaboration; Design; Technology

Our Research Focus

Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions

Renewable Energy Deployment

Geothermal 

Virtually emission-free, renewable energy resource generated from geothermal natural reservoirs of hot water; heated by Magma, miles beneath the earth surface. The steam and brine produced from these underground reservoirs is used to run turbines to produce electricity.

The slow decay of radioactive particles in the earth's core produces geothermal energy; a process that happens all the times; in all the rocks; across the Earth’s surface. 

Focused Markets

Depending on its characteristics, Geothermal Energy can be utilized across Industrial; Commercial; and Residential sectors. Geothermal energy offers important benefits, including Grid Stability; Greater Diversity of Affordable Energy Options; Efficient Heating and Cooling; Key Technology and Workforce Pathways from oil and gas to renewable geothermal development; and Lower Carbon Emissions.

Geothermal Energy is Indigenous; Renewable; Affordable; Clean; Virtually Emission-free Constant; and Reliable Energy Resource.  Geothermal Energy is heat derived within the sub-surface of the earth. Water and/or steam carry the geothermal energy to the Earth’s surface. The slow decay of radioactive particles in the earth's core produces geothermal energy; a process that happens all the times; in all the rocks; across the Earth’s surface.

Case Study - 1

Geothermal Power Plant Construction

About: The Steamboat Hills Complex is located in Washoe County, Nevada on both public and privately leased and owned lands. The complex is comprised of six power plants (84 MW) utilizing binary systems and both air & water cooling. (Commissioned 1992, last upgrade 2020).

View the Steamboat Hills Economic Impact Report here (Source: https://www.ormat.com/)

https://www.ormat.com/Warehouse/userUploadFiles/Image/Steamboat%20Hills%20Economic%20Impact%20Report2019.pdf

Geothermal Technology

The first 250-kilowatt Geothermal Power Plant came online near Pisa, Italy during 1913, geothermal electricity production has grown steadily, tapping a reliable, nearly inexhaustible reserve of hydrothermal systems where fluid, heat, and permeability intersect naturally in the subsurface. (Source: U.S. DoE)

While the amount of conventional hydrothermal power worldwide has reached nearly 12 gigawatts, more resources can be accessed through next-generation technologies i.e. Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS).  The first ever  Commercial-Scale EGS was commissioned during April 2013, connecting tomorrow’s technology to the U.S. electrical grid today and setting the stage for future growth of geothermal power.

How Does Geothermal Energy Work?

Video Credit: https://www.eavor.com/

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