U.S. $2.2 Million Grant for New Geothermal Process

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] U.S. Geothermal said it has been awarded a $2.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program to assist in the development and construction of an innovative power generation application at its Raft River 10 MW geothermal power project, if the company concludes that the new application is feasible. In September 2004, U.S. Geothermal and partners submitted a proposal to the DOE for an innovative power generation technology — an ammonia adsorption power cycle (“AAPC”) — developed by ECC. The AAPC technology could prove to be a viable alternative to the technology currently used in the power generation process, providing more efficient production at lower cost. If accepted by U.S. Geothermal, the grant will be used for construction of its 10 MW power plant, using the new technology. If the engineering and design activities currently underway are successful, U.S. Geothermal intends to make a decision in late March 2005 to use the new technology in its plant and accept the US DOE grant.
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