Thu, 05 January, 2023
The opportunities for the hybridisation of geothermal power plant resources with solar and or biomass power production is the subject of an upcoming webinar to be held this March.
The online event, ‘Opportunities and Challenges for Hybridization of Geothermal,’ is taking place on 22 March 2023 from 13:00-14:00 GMT.
Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr Derek K. Baker of Middle East Technical University (METU) is speaking at this event, which will also offer details of the Horizon Europe ‘CST4ALL’ project.
Geothermal power plants often have excess power block capabilities as a result of declining geothermal reservoirs. However, the hybridisation of existing geothermal plants with biomass or concentrating solar thermal (CST) systems offers the opportunity to deliver additional ‘green’ heat, thereby making use of these excess power block capacities.
The challenge lies in the difference in characteristics between geothermal plants and commercial biomass and CST plants. Knowledge of geothermal, biomass, and CST resources and technologies gained from projects such as GeoSmart will allow this hybridisation of resources to be achieved.
By identifying and exploiting research and innovation along with operational synergies between different clean energy technologies will allow for collaborative follow-up activities to be catalysed.
The GeoSmart project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 818576.
The CST4ALL project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreements 101075408.