Power From Waste Water


Mississippi, USA, oilfield generates low-temperature, emissions-free geothermal energy at the wellhead

According to reports by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, there are 823,000 oil and gas wells in the United States that co-produce hot water concurrent to the oil and gas production.  This equates to approximately 25 billion barrels annually of water that could be used as fuel to produce up to 3 GW of clean power.   By tapping this enormous resource to generate clean energy, the power generation potential is significant and should not be ignored.

In the summer of 2011, ElectraTherm Inc. completed a six-month demonstration at a Mississippi, USA oil field generating renewable energy from the hot produced water that oil and gas producers consider a waste.  Headquartered in Reno, NV, ElectraTherm specializes in small-scale waste heat recovery.  ElectraTherm’s product, the Green Machine, generates fuel-free, emissions-free power from low-temperature waste-water flows (between 80° and 116°C) using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and patented technology.  This is the first small-scale (<200 kWe) application to generate fuel-free, emissions-free  power at an oil well.

This snippet is from an article published by Diesel & Gas Turbine Worldwide in April 2012

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