Feedsee Energy : Oil Field Heat : Electricity generation from hot water produced during the process of oilfield production
Ormat Technologies will help the US Department of Energy validate the technology used in Geothermal and Recovered Energy Generation for the production of commercial electricity using hot water produced during the process of oil field production. The project will be conducted at a DOE oil test center and will use an Ormat Organic Rankine Cycle power generation system to produce commercial electricity. The test will use a commercial air-cooled, skid mounted standard design Ormat Organic Rankine Cycle system. Ormat will supply the power unit at its own expense while the DOE will install and operate the facility for a year. There are two large unutilized sources of hot water at a naval petroleum reserve which produces water in excess of degrees Fahrenheit and at flow rates sufficient for generation of 200 kW. The project will consist of the installation, testing, and evaluation of a binary geothermal power unit in the field near these hot water sources. The unit that will be used in the study is similar to the 250 kW air-cooled unit that has been producing electricity from 210 degrees Fahrenheit geothermal water around the world. Ormat is now assessing the feasibility of utilizing some of eight thousand wells to support on site power generation by employing the company's factory-integrated sub-megawatt geothermal power units.