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  • Main Title Assessing geothermal energy potential in upstate New York. Final report, Tasks 1, 3, and 4


  • Author: Manger, K. C.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY (United States)
    Contributor Type: Organization
  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: New Mexico
    Additional Info: Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
  • Name: DynCorp - EENSP, Alexandria, VA (United States). Environmental Programs Div.
    Place of Publication: United States


  • Creation: 1996-07-25


  • English


  • Content Description: New York State`s geothermal energy potential was evaluated based on a new resource assessment performed by the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) and currently commercial technologies, many of which have become available since New York`s potential was last evaluated. General background on geothermal energy and technologies was provided. A life-cycle cost analysis was performed to evaluate the economics of using geothermal energy to generate electricity in upstate New York. A conventional rankine cycle, binary power system was selected for the economic evaluation, based on SUNY-Buffalo`s resource assessment. Binary power systems are the most technologically suitable for upstate New York`s resources and have the added advantage of being environmentally attractive. Many of the potential environmental impacts associated with geothermal energy are not an issue in binary systems because the geothermal fluids are contained in a closed-loop and used solely to heat a working fluid that is then used to generate the electricity Three power plant sizes were selected based on geologic data supplied by SUNY-Buffalo. The hypothetical power plants were designed as 5 MW modular units and sized at 5 MW, 10 MW and 15 MW. The life-cycle cost analysis suggested that geothermal electricity in upstate New York, using currently commercial technology, will probably cost between 14 and 18 cents per kilowatt-hour.
  • Physical Description: 85 p.


  • STI Subject Categories: 15 Geothermal Energy
  • Keyword: Geothermal Resources
  • Keyword: Geothermal Legacy
  • Keyword: New York
  • Keyword: Geothermal Power Plants Geothermal Legacy
  • Keyword: Economic Analysis
  • Keyword: Resource Assessment


  • Other Information: PBD: 25 Jul 1996


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE97007550
  • Report No.: LA-SUB--97-19-Pt.1
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/501499
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 501499
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc693175


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE97007550