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It would need to be located over an area where the earths crust is relatively thin allowing for volcanic activity close enough to the surface that it can be reached with a core drill. Yosemite would be an excellent place.

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What is the use of coal to geothermal power plant?

A geothermal power plant does not use coal to generate energy. Coal would be superfluous.


What are the economical problems with geothermal energy?

Geothermal energy is usually located near a volcano or geothermal vents. These are frequently not located near large populations. Therefore one of the biggest problems would be the generation of this energy into electricity at the site, and then the transmission of this energy to the population that would require it.


How does geothermal energy get to where it is needed?

Geothermal energy can only be exploited where the geology causes the right conditions, a source of heat near the earth's surface that is stable and allows a power plant to be built. An active volcano wouldn't be any use as the plant would probably be wrecked after a short time. Once the electricity is generated it can be sent to the nearest substation.


What is the source of energy used by geothermal power plants?

A thorough explanation of the geothermal energy would take a lot of discussion. Briefly; the Earth's core is molten rock (read very hot). The heat rises to the surface in multiple ways. Geothermal power plants make use of this heat (geothermal energy) to generate electrical power.


What is the first step of making geothermal energy?

If you are asking about generating electricity, the first step is extracting steam from a geothermal reservoir. Once the steam is out of the ground and in pipes, the process is fairly similar for a geothermal power plant versus other types of boiler run power plants. If this is for a smaller project at a building for a geothermal heat pump, the first step would be still providing a way to move heat to and from the earth. This would involving digging several feet into the earth, and putting in piping to allow heat transfer to occur. Note that in both cases, energy is not being created, but simply extracted from an area of higher energy.

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What is the use of coal to geothermal power plant?

A geothermal power plant does not use coal to generate energy. Coal would be superfluous.


What are possible places to build a geothermal power plant in china?

Since geothermal power is relative to magma related activity you will need to locate the geothermal generation plant in the area of a volcano. China has approxamatley 15 volcano sites within the country. One thing to consider is the design of the energy plant since there is the risk of earthquakes casued by plate shifts in the region. The possible locations for a geothermal site in China would be near the Kunlun volcano,Tianshan volcano and Leizhou Bandao volcano which is a volcanic field close to Hong Kong.


What are the economical problems with geothermal energy?

Geothermal energy is usually located near a volcano or geothermal vents. These are frequently not located near large populations. Therefore one of the biggest problems would be the generation of this energy into electricity at the site, and then the transmission of this energy to the population that would require it.


How does geothermal energy get to where it is needed?

Geothermal energy can only be exploited where the geology causes the right conditions, a source of heat near the earth's surface that is stable and allows a power plant to be built. An active volcano wouldn't be any use as the plant would probably be wrecked after a short time. Once the electricity is generated it can be sent to the nearest substation.


What is the source of energy used by geothermal power plants?

A thorough explanation of the geothermal energy would take a lot of discussion. Briefly; the Earth's core is molten rock (read very hot). The heat rises to the surface in multiple ways. Geothermal power plants make use of this heat (geothermal energy) to generate electrical power.


Where is the largest thermal power station in NewZealand?

Since this question is in the "nuclear energy" category, I assume it relates to nuclear thermal reactor. To my knowledge there are no nuclear plants in New Zealand. It would make sense, however, for the question to refer to a geothermal plant and be in the wrong category. If that is the case, the the answer is the Wairakei Plant at Wairakei, at about the center of the North Island. This plant is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2011. When it is, the largest geothermal plant in New Zealand will be the Nga Awa Purua Power station in Taupo, which is also at about the center of the North Island.


Would building a huge geothermal plant at Yellowstone lower the chances of a future eruption?

No. Chances are it would not affect the chances of an eruption.


What fuel will you use when fossil fuel runs out?

Many people would use solar power because solar power is quite common but some people will use wind power depending on the location of where they lifeGeothermal it is overlooked. In active areas it gets hot down there. Some hot spots can boil water 200 feet deep. But it is being ignored because the Oil and power companies are afraid of it. Anyone can make their own power 24/7 with it. Or nearly everyone. Between that and solar and wind we do not need oil.The problem in Japan has brought the attention to geothermal and they are building a plant. Places like Yellowstone and near volcano can generate enough power to power cities or states. Iceland gets most of it's power from geothermal. And Geyserville in California has a geothermal plant that is on a hot spot that boils the water. Hawaii cold generate all their power by geothermal if they wanted.


How do geothermal power generate electricity?

Geothermal power plants work in one of two ways.One way is that they drill wells into a geothermal reservoir and extract steam to be used in a turbine. If the reservoir is not quite hot enough, they might have to extract hot water, and flash it into steam by lowering the pressure. In either case, this steam is run through a turbine, which turns a generator to generate electricity. The steam is usually condensed and either used in the plant or reinjected into the ground.The other way some plants work is by using the geothermal steam to heat water contained in a closed loop. This water is turned into steam, and runs the turbine. The steam from the ground would be condensed and reinjected. This has the advantage of keeping the geothermal steam separate from the power plant.Note that other than the source of the steam, a geothermal power plant operates in much the same way most other power plants work. Using steam to turn a turbine, which turns a generator is a very common method. Notable exceptions would be wind farms, solar cells, and hydropower dams, among others.


How do geothermal power plants generate electricity?

Geothermal power plants work in one of two ways.One way is that they drill wells into a geothermal reservoir and extract steam to be used in a turbine. If the reservoir is not quite hot enough, they might have to extract hot water, and flash it into steam by lowering the pressure. In either case, this steam is run through a turbine, which turns a generator to generate electricity. The steam is usually condensed and either used in the plant or reinjected into the ground.The other way some plants work is by using the geothermal steam to heat water contained in a closed loop. This water is turned into steam, and runs the turbine. The steam from the ground would be condensed and reinjected. This has the advantage of keeping the geothermal steam separate from the power plant.Note that other than the source of the steam, a geothermal power plant operates in much the same way most other power plants work. Using steam to turn a turbine, which turns a generator is a very common method. Notable exceptions would be wind farms, solar cells, and hydropower dams, among others.


What are some strengths of geothermal?

Geothermal energy is considered a renewable energy source. Which means that, unlike the fossil fuels we rely on for energy, we can continue to use geothermal without having to be concerned that we will run out of energy. In terms of electricity generation, a geothermal power plant will emit only about 1% of the carbon dioxide that a fossil fuel powered plant would produce to generate the same amount of electricity. Although this may not be as good as solar or wind powered forms of electricity generation, geothermal does have the advantage of being able to produce a steady supply of electricity 24/7, something that most renewable energy sources can't.


What are Type of non conventional sources of energy?

Wind power, solar power, geothermal power, wave power, tidal power, biomass. Some people would add nuclear power.