Friday, May 6, 2016

USA, Oklahoma: Award for Geothermal Power Plant Condenser Technology

NREL Scientists and Engineers Recognized for Top Innovations as Lab Celebrates Another Record-Breaking Year of Inventions (News Release)

Today during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized researchers and staff for 169 new innovations, a record-breaking number of scientific and engineering inventions in fiscal year 2015 (FY15). This is a 33 percent increase from last year.

In the geothermal energy sector SPX Heat Transfer LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recognized for outstanding license.

After entering into a collaborative research and development agreement (CRADA) with NREL in 1998 to improve geothermal power plant condenser technologies, SPX Heat Transfer has successfully commercialized the advanced direct contact condenser (ADCC) technology for geothermal and thermoelectric applications. This technology has been deployed in the 45 MW geothermal power plant in Germencik, Turkey; 38 MW geothermal plant in San Jacinto, Nicaragua; and four 70 MW steam turbines in the Rift Valley of Kenya.

"One of the laboratory's primary goals is to conduct cutting-edge research and move those innovations to market," said Kristin Gray, director of NREL's Technology Transfer Office. "We're proud to recognize SPX Heat Transfer for advancing the use of clean energy technologies in the marketplace."

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