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Not-so-hot geothermal's getting hot
Jon Lebkowsky, 21 Sep 06

Lower-temperature geothermal power generation has been too expensive for practical use before now, however United Technologies Research Center has developed a relatively low-cost system that can convert temperatures as low as 165°F into electricity. According to Technology Review, "The technology is similar to steam engines, except that steam or hot water vaporizes a hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant that drives the turbine. And the refrigerant has a lower boiling point than water." [Link]

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This is an extremely promising development. The temperatures involved are well within the range of a lot of otherwise "wasted" heat from industrial processes, and achievable with solar thermal collectors. I hope we'll hear more about this as news occurs.


Posted by: David Foley on 21 Sep 06



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