Beowawe Bottoming Binary Project Geothermal Project

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Project Title Beowawe Bottoming Binary Project
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act: Geothermal Technologies Program
Project Type / Topic 2 Geothermal Energy Production from Low Temperature Resources, Coproduced Fluids from Oil and Gas Wells, and Geopressured Resources
Project Type / Topic 3 Low Temperature Resources
Project Description The proposed two-year project supports the DOE GTP’s goal of promoting the development and commercial application of energy production from low-temperature geothermal fluids, i.e., between 150°F and 300°F.
State Nevada
Objectives Demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of electricity generation from nonconventional geothermal resources of 205°F using the first commercial use of a cycle at a geothermal power plant inlet temperature of less than 300°F.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Beowawe Power, LLC
Awardee Website

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000109
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $2,000,000.00
Awardee Cost Share $2,437,365.00
Total Project Cost $4,437,365.00

Principal Investigator(s) Gregory J. Odegard

Targets / Milestones - Perform a study to determine the technical and economic feasibility of a power generation expansion at the existing Beowawe Geothermal Power Plant utilizing binary technology which derives its heat source from the existing low pressure, low-temperature (205°F) brine, which is currently injected into the geothermal reservoir.

- Obtain the necessary permits related to the expansion, including water rights for a new fresh water well which will provide makeup water for the new cooling system.
- Engineer, procure, construct, test, and commission a 1.5- megawatt electric (MWe) binary plant.
- Operate and maintain the new binary plant, providing nonproprietary data to the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) and the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program (DOE GTP) for a minimum of two years.

The projects benefits and outcomes include:

- Proving the technical and economic feasibility of utilizing the available unused heat to generate additional electric power from a binary power plant from the low-temperature brine at the Beowawe Geothermal Power Plant.
- Providing non-proprietary data to the NGDS and DOE for two years.
- Increased economic benefits in terms of job creation, income generation, and increased tax and royalty payments.
- Decreased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Location of Project Beowawe, NV
40.5928°, -116.4772°

Impacts Innovative application new to low temp geothermal, potentially adding 10% additional power. Good economics in high price region.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs