Title: Effect of Non-Condensable Gases on geothermal power plant performance. Case study: Kizildere Geothermal Power Plant-Turkey

Authors: Gulden Gokcen, Nurdan Yildirim

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, Izmir Institute of Technology, 35430 Gulbahce Koyu, Urla, Izmir, Turkey. ' Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, Izmir Institute of Technology, 35430 Gulbahce Koyu, Urla, Izmir, Turkey

Abstract: Non-Condensable Gases (NCGs) are natural components of geothermal fluids, and they are a source of considerable capital and operating costs for power plants. The NCG content of geothermal steam varies over the world from almost zero to as much as 25% (wt). In this work, the influence of NCGs on the thermodynamic performance of geothermal power plants is analysed for various NCG content and turbine inlet temperatures. The results obtained can be useful on the feasibility study of single flash geothermal power plants. Depending on the NCG content of the field, the performance of the power plant can be determined roughly.

Keywords: NCGs; non-condensable gases; geothermal power plants; exergy analysis; Kizildere Geothermal Power Plant; Turkey; thermodynamics; performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2008.020832

International Journal of Exergy, 2008 Vol.5 No.5/6, pp.684 - 695

Published online: 17 Oct 2008 *

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