Thursday, June 9, 2016

Italy: GE Oil & Gas to Help Build Organic Rankine Cycle Geothermal Plant in Tuscany

GE Oil & Gas to deliver geothermal tech to Italy’s Graziella (SeeNews Renewables)

US company GE Oil & Gas said Wednesday it will supply its ORegen technology to Italian renewable energy company Graziella Green Power SpA (GGP) for a plant in the Tuscan geothermal district.

GE’s ORegen technology generates electricity using steam from below the ground without any dispersal or leakage into the environment, as used geothermal fluids can be reinjected underground. Previously, this technology used to be applied in waste heat recovery in hydrocarbon-based plants.

Once up and running in 2018, the plant is expected to be able to generate approximately 40,000 MWh of electricity per year. Its output is estimated to be enough to power some 14,000 local households.

GGP will execute the current scheme as an experimental project in the Italian Ministry of Economic Development’s first program of investments in the geothermal sector with complete reinjection.

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