Monday, July 22, 2019

Canada: Hybrid Geothermal-Natural Gas Project to Generate 21 MW Power

Scientists partner with Razor Energy for geothermal pilot project in Swan Hills, Alberta (University of Alberta)

Jonathan Banks, research associate and project lead
at UAlberta Photo credit: John Ulan.
Plans underway for hybrid geothermal power facility with Razor Energy.

Final engineering is underway for the construction of a pilot project that combines the power of geothermal energy with existing oil and gas infrastructure in Alberta. The project is a collaboration between researchers in the University of Alberta’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Alberta-based company Razor Energy.

Located in Swan Hills, Alberta, the project is designed to generate power from two sources that combine to 21 megawatts of power. There are five to seven megawatts of renewable energy from heat to power generation, from a combination of hot water heat and heat recovered from all sources at the battery site. There are an additional 15 megawatts of natural gas-fired generation. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the technology will also reduce the costs and infrastructure required to bring electricity into the Alberta electric system grid.

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