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Geothermal Power Plants, 4th Edition by Ronald DiPippo

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Chapter 10

Exergy Analysis Applied to Geothermal Power Systems

Abstract

This chapter offers an introduction to the fundamental principles of exergy analysis which is based on the Second Law of thermodynamics. The presentation is restricted to open systems operating in steady state. These are the applications encountered in all types of power plants, including geothermal power plants, once they reach their design operating conditions. These principles also may be used to assess refrigeration plants, air-conditioning systems, and many other common engineering process plants.

Keywords

Exergy; exergy accounting; exergy efficiencies; thermodynamics

The Second Law of thermodynamics holds the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out ...

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