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North Dakota Energy Spotlight – Geothermal Generation

Geothermal power station

Geothermal power station

• According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, western North Dakota has favorable locations for deep enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). EGS is a technology that uses heat from the earth to turn water into steam which drives a turbine generator to produce electricity.

• In 2010 the University of North Dakota (UND) was awarded two $1.7 million grants from the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program to install geothermal Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems at oilfields in the Williston Basin. The plants will be used to develop engineering and economic models for geothermal ORC energy production.

• The UND research project, being led by the Petroleum Research, Engineering, Education and Entrepreneurship Center, has plans to establish two demonstration sites of geothermal energy production in 2012 at a location near Rhame and one near Dickinson.

Geothermal Map

Map of national geothermal resources, by U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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You may be interested in:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory – Geothermal homepage
University of North Dakota Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

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