DOE and Partners Demonstrate Mobile Geothermal Power System at 2009 Geothermal Energy Expo
October 8, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP), along with Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, and Chena Power LLC demonstrated the PureCycle® mobile geothermal power generation unit at the 2009 Geothermal Energy Expo in Reno, Nevada. This was the second stop on a demonstration tour that will end in a Florida oil and gas field. The unit will be used in operation at the Quantum Resource Management LLC-owned field to continue demonstrating the unit's value.
The project will showcase the benefits of the system, including the use of high-volume manufacturing parts with short lead times, low temperature capability, and modular installations. T
his new mobile system can generate electricity from various heat sources with temperatures between 190° and 325°F. It uses a mobile unit at current oil and gas sites to reduce costs for geothermal exploration, drilling, and infrastructure. PureCycle users can relocate energy generating capabilities from one geothermal resource to another as needed. A new feature is the self-contained cooling system that uses resource water to replenish the cooling tower water, thus eliminating the need for a separate fresh water source.