An Analysis of Power Generation Prospects from Enhanced Geothermal Systems | Schlumberger
Tech Paper
Location
United States, North America, Onshore
Byline
Subir Sanyal and Steven Butler, Schlumberger
Society
Other Industry Society
Presentation Date
2005

An Analysis of Power-Generation Prospects from Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of power generation prospects from Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), specifically, reservoirs with subcommercial permeability enhanced by hydraulic stimulation. EGS is also known as "hot dry rock" or "hot fractured rock" systems. The performance under consideration here is the net electrical power delivered as a function of time over the 20-to-30 year life of a power plant. Although the parameters in this exercise generally reflect conditions encountered at the Desert Peak EGS project in the State of Nevada, United States, the conclusions are applicable, at least qualitatively, to any EGS project.

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