Chapter 9

Advanced Geothermal Energy Conversion Systems


No two geothermal resources are exactly alike and thus energy conversion systems must be chosen and often adapted to suit a particular resource. Some geothermal resources demand more sophisticated energy conversion systems, and this chapter reviews some of the advanced systems for geothermal power generation. Hybrid single-flash and double-flash systems are often used to increase the output of a system when expanding the generating capacity becomes possible. Hybrid flash-binary designs also exist, either through adding a binary cycle to an existing single-flash plant or by integrating the two from scratch in the initial design. The concept of a total-flow system arises from a desire ...

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