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Geothermal Power Conversion Technology

  • Lucien Y. Bronicki
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)

Glossary

Ambient

Natural condition of the environment at any given time.

Baseload

The lowest level of power production needs during a season or year.

Baseload plants

Electricity-generating units that are operated to meet the constant or minimum load on the system. The cost of energy from such units is usually the lowest available to the system.

Binary geothermal power station

A power station in which the geothermal fluid is not used in the turbine, it only transfers its heat vaporizing an organic fluid which drives the organic vapor turbine. Only the power station is binary, the turbine (or the unit) is not binary.

Binary power station

A geothermal electricity-generating station employing a closed-loop heat exchange system in which the heat of the geothermal fluid (the “primary fluid”) is transferred to a different fluid (“motive,” “secondary,” or “working” fluid), which is thereby vaporized and used to drive a turbine/generator set. When the motive fluid is organic, then it is an...

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