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Geothermal Power Plants, 4th Edition by Ronald DiPippo

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Chapter 20

Raft River Plants, Idaho, USA

Abstract

The Raft River geothermal field in southeastern Idaho has been the site of two power plant developments. The original development was supported by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and the other is a private project of U.S. Geothermal, Inc. The chapter begins with a description of the geologic setting of the two projects, followed by an in-depth discussion of the two projects, including maps, conceptual models, flow diagrams, design specifications, well characteristics, and performance assessments. The original pilot plant did not complete the anticipated 5 years of operation, but several important lessons were learned from the test program. Twenty years later U.S. Geothermal set about ...

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