flash-steam geothermal plant

flash steam power plant

A flash-steam geothermal plant is a type of geothermal steam plant. When the temperature of the hydrothermal liquids is over 350°F (177°C), flash-steam technology is generally employed. In these systems, most of the liquid is flashed to steam. The steam is separated from the remaining liquid and used to drive a turbine generator. While the water is returned to the geothermal reservoir, the economics of most hydrothermal flash plants are improved by using a dual-flash cycle, which separates the steam at two different pressures. The dual-flash cycle produces 20% to 30% more power than a single-flash system at the same fluid flow.