Electric Power and Drinking Water by Geothermal Energy: Industry meets Science07.02.2001 - (idw) Geothermische Vereinigung e.V.
According to the intention of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), the geothermal trade association in Europe, its annual seminars are bound to become a landmark in the "geothermal" year. At this seminars, delegates
According to the intention of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), the geothermal trade association in Europe, its annual seminars are bound to become a landmark in the "geothermal" year. At this seminars, delegates from industry and science meet to discuss new developments (or to initiate them), to exchange experiences, and to launch new projects. The first seminar, held in Ferrara in 1999, mainly dealt with the state of the art , the trends and perspectives of supply of heat and cold.
The topics of this year´s event circle around geothermal ressources and methods for electric power generation and drinking water production. This time, on March 8 and 9, 2001, the meeting point will be the community of Altheim in Upper Austria. Most of the population of 4500 lives in houses heated since more than 10 years by geothermal energy from a thermal well with a production temperature of 106 °C. This well as a pilot project now also is a source of electric power. For this project, an Italian company developed a new turbine to run in an Organic Rankine Cycle. The project, as well as the seminar, are supported by the European Union.Beside the concept of the turbine in Altheim, other power plant technologies are presented as well, like those being currently applied on the Azores, or like a US-German co-operation that was recently featured for the first time in Husavik on Iceland. The achievements of the European Hot-Dry-Rock research group are discussed enthusiastically in the geothermal family, and they seem to find their application now also in the planning of commercial plants. Two presentations deal with this topic.
Rather recently, the geothermal "message board" sports the problem of drinking water production and sea water desalinisation. Interesting strategies are have been percieved, and a project on the Greek island of Milos. To produce drinking water in socially and economically acceptable boundary conditions is one of the targets to be sought out by industry and science over the next years. Geothermal energy could offer solutions to help coping with this problem on a long term.
Not afraid of the end of the era of oil? Hydrogen is considered as a fuel for the future. To produce hydrogen, energy has to be used in the first place. This energy could be supplied by geothermal sources. The project sketch of a "geothermal hydrogen fueling station" offers first ideas and prespectives, and will be presented to the public for the first time in Altheim.
Attending the seminar is free of charge. Programme, seminar infos and registration form can be found on the internet at the Geothermal Networks protal with the URL:
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