Report on the Feasibility of a 15,000 Kilowatt Electric Power Station Using Geothermal Heat Sources at Mammoth Area, Mono County, California
Description: This report comprises a study of all factors pertinent to the feasibility and economics of converting into electric power, the geothermal energy issuing from drilled wells. The study applies particularly to wells in the Mammoth area, California, but many of its conclusions may be applied to other locations. The scope of this report includes: (1) Evaluation of heat cycles for the conversion of the geothermal energy to electric power in a single unit 15,000 kilowatt plant; (2) Selection of the most satisfactory flash-steam cycle and the most satisfactory closed power fluid cycle for more direct comparison; (3) Estimates of plant construction and operating costs for the cycles selected for comparison; (4) Schedules showing estimated start-up and firm operating dates for the cycles selected for comparison; (5) Drawings showing typical plan arrangements and elevations of plants utilizing the cycles selected for comparison; (6) Review of current data on well production and on the available means for effluent disposal; and (7) Conclusions and recommendations.
Date: January 1, 1962
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