Evaluation of geothermal potential of Lightning Dock KGRA, New Mexico
Journal Article: Evaluation of geothermal potential of Lightning Dock KGRA, New Mexico
Lightning Dock currently houses the largest geothermal greenhouse complex in the United States, one of the largest aquaculture farms, and a binary geothermal power plant. With the addition of Cyrq Energy’s (formerly Raser Techonologies) 10MW geothermal power plant, it will be the most utilized geothermal resource in New Mexico. This paper presents an evaluation of the geothermal potential of the Lightning Dock area. The evaluation was performed by examining the following attributes: physiography, geology, tectonics and structure, water resources, infrastructure, population and target markets, other geothermal considerations, and economic considerations and available incentives. This was accomplished by using a combination of literature reviews and data analyses in conjunction with the interpretation of information obtained from digitized map layers created in ArcGIS®. The evaluation indicates that the Lightning Dock area has high geothermal potential without requiring significant infrastructure additions or upgrades. Using the reported heat flow of 650 mW/ m2 (Cunniff and Bowers, 2005) it is estimated that the 90oC and 180oC isotherms will be reached at depths of 0.3 km (984 ft) and 0.7 km (2,165 ft) respectively. Hence, various applications including direct use and electricity production using binary power planttechnology are viable in the area.
- Samir Dahal, Mark R. McDonald, Bailey Bubach and and Anna M. Crowell
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- GRC Transactions, 2012
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Samir Dahal, Mark R. McDonald, Bailey Bubach, and Anna M. Crowell. 2012. Evaluation of geothermal potential of Lightning Dock KGRA, New Mexico. GRC Transactions. 36(1):637-640.