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150 Geothermal Power Plants: Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact

of 182 C. The reservoir conditions are known to be 32.3 bar and 238 C. The turbine exhaust pressure (condenser pressure) is 0.13 bar.



Sketch the location of the reservoir and turbine-inlet state points on a Mollier chart (h-s); the states should be placed on a scale-drawn portion of the h-s diagram. What do you observe about the enthalpy of these two states? What do you notice about these values relative to the maximum


enthalpy along the saturated vapor line?



On the same diagram, locate the turbine exhaust state. Calculate the turbine isentropic expansion efficiency, η t . Calculate the overall geothermal energy utilization efficiency, η u , based on (i) reservoir and (ii) turbine-inlet conditions. A sink temperature of 48 C is appropriate for Unit No. 6.



dry-steam geothermal plant receives saturated steam at a temperature of

180 C. The condenser operates at 50 C and the local dead-state temperature


20 C. The turbine obeys the Baumann rule; assume 85% for the dry expan-

sion efficiency. Calculate the following:


The actual turbine isentropic efficiency.


The specific work output of the turbine in kJ/kg.


The net utilization efficiency if 5% of the turbine output is needed for all parasitic loads.



dry-steam reservoir produces saturated vapor at the maximum enthalpy point.

By adjustment of the wellhead valve, the steam is throttled to lower pressures.


pressure P 1 5 0.800 MPa is chosen as the wellhead and turbine inlet pressure

(ignore pressure losses in steam piping). At this point the well produces 15 kg/s.

The turbine exhausts to a condenser at a pressure P 2 5 10 kPa.


Find the turbine inlet temperature in C.


Calculate the specific work output of the turbine in kJ/kg.


Calculate the actual turbine isentropic efficiency.


Calculate the gross power output for the turbine in MW.



dry-steam well is characterized by a closed-in pressure of P 1 5 360 lbf/in 2 ,


and saturated vapor. The wellhead valve is set at P 2 5 150 lbf/in 2 , a at which

condition the well flows 200,000 lbm/h. You may assume the turbine is adiabatic

and has a constant isentropic efficiency of 75%.


Calculate the power in MW that the turbine will generate under the following two cases: (i) there is no condenser and the turbine exhausts to the atmosphere at 1 atm, and (ii) there is a condenser that has a pressure of 4 in Hg.


Calculate the utilization efficiency in both cases, based on the closed-in condition of the geofluid.