UTC Says First New Mexico Geothermal Project is Operational

UTC Power has announced that the first two production units of its PureCycle geothermal power system installed in July and early August at the Burgett Greenhouse in Animas, New Mexico, are exceeding performance expectations. The power from the units is used to displace grid electricity required to support the 32 acres of greenhouse operations at the site.

UTC Power’s geothermal system can operate at temperatures from 200-300°F, which were previously thought to be uneconomical for commercial power production. The system resulted from more than six years of research and development work involving UTC Power, United Technologies Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“UTC Power’s New Mexico initiative offers further proof that our state is fast becoming a center for renewable technology,” said Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “We are clearly positioned to create good jobs as our nation shifts to a cleaner economy. I congratulate UTC Power for opening up new avenues of energy production and putting its cutting-edge geothermal technology to work in New Mexico.”

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