Klamath Falls Geothermal Low Temperature Power Plant Geothermal Project

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Project Title Klamath Falls Geothermal Low Temperature Power Plant
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 project will be completed in three phases;

- Phase I will be an analysis of integrating the power plant with the city’s existing heating system, initial Pacific Power interconnection studies and final engineering design of the power plant and ancillary equipment.
- Phase II involves purchase and installation of a UTC PureCycle 280 geothermal power plant module, (or similar equipment) pumps, piping and a cooling tower system to generate about 180 kW net power using existing geothermal water resources. The project will involve new construction of a cooling tower to discharge heat in order to re-condense the refrigerant, an electronic control system, a new 480 volt electrical service with PacifiCorp to inter-connect the power plant and a new building to house the plant.
- Phase III will be the operation and monitoring of economic, performance and operating characteristics. A final report will include a validation of technical and economic assumptions and documentation of lessons learned.

The project will create jobs in a community with 16% unemployment. Funding of this grant will immediately create needed jobs and lead to the long term utilization of an important renewable energy resource.

State Oregon
Objectives Construct a low-temperature (210 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit) Geothermal energy production facility that will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of utilization of the non-convention resource for combined power and heat.
Awardees (Company / Institution) City of Klamath Falls, Oregon
Awardee Website http://www.ci.klamath-falls.or.us/

Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000109
DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $816,100.00
Awardee Cost Share $816,100.00
Total Project Cost $1,632,200.00

Principal Investigator(s) Brian Brown

Targets / Milestones - Develop a detailed design and capital cost of the proposed facility;

- Determine the schedule to complete the facility;
- Determine the revenues and other benefits of the facility;
- Estimate the costs and maintenance of the facility;
- Determine the overall financial benefit to the City, and
- Provide information to the immediate community regarding experiences with small scale geothermal projects.

Location of Project Klamath Falls, OR

Impacts Plant will be coupled with existing geothermal district heating system. Building on existing site and district heating capability with goood economics and a high potential impact in a community with high unemployment.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]


  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs