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Nevada On The Cutting Edge

Enhanced Geothermal System is a project that is being implemented in the State of Nevada and is being recognized by the Energy Department as the first commercialized energy being directly supplied to the grid.

To generate electricity, the Desert Peak EGS project utilizes a production well at a previously built geothermal site in Churchill County.

This project has increased its power output by nearly 38 percent thus providing an additional 1.7 megawatts of power to the grid.

Below is an infographic that explains how a enhanced geothermal system works.

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Leveraging a $5.4 million Energy Department investment—matched by $2.6 million in private sector funding—the Ormat Desert Peak project is extending the life of previously unproductive geothermal wells.

Now if you are worried about the amount of water being used to get the heat to the surface, do not. It has a initial amount pumped in but then it is utilized in a closed loop process.

This is a great start in utilizing untapped resources for use versus coal burning or fracking. However, should fracking be approved in nearby areas, it could cause some issues for this project. But I doubt this will happen.

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4 Responses to “Nevada On The Cutting Edge”

  1. Theresa Cahill Says:

    So strange that I have to get my Nevada news from a friend in Florida LOL!

    On the surface (no pun intended), it appears we are finally pulling out collective legislative heads out and doing something decent.

    Only time will tell…

    Thanks Linda!
    Theresa Cahill recently posted…How to Get National Advertising On A Shoe String BudgetMy Profile

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … I am glad to see it. I know it will help out the grid there during the upcoming months! 😀

  3. Boris Says:

    “should fracking be approved in nearby areas” hope not!
    The goverment here in Niedersachsen/Germany plans to forbid fracking! Hope they will do this!

    How people can waste such masses of water….
    Boris recently posted…Pelletofen – umweltfreundlich heizenMy Profile

  4. Making Your Home Energy Efficient - More Incentives | Says:

    […] EnergyWorks program is an initiative which started in 2010 with the promise of working on the economics of going green on domestic level. One of its incentives is for financing these ventures. In the beginning of April, they launched the air conditioning and window financing program for affordable green homes. All EnergyWorks program envisages reducing energy consumption by 40% and energy efficiency by at least 25%. The idea is to allow people who cannot afford green appliances low finance schemes. In addition, there’s an example of the geothermal project, which was recently launched in Nevada. […]

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