Technical Paper: An Analysis of Power Generation Prospects from Enhanced Geothermal Systems

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Presentation Date: 2005


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.

Technical Paper from Proceedings World Geothermal Congress, Antalya, Turkey, 24-29 April 2005

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