Problem 4.3 - A Geothermal Hybrid Steam Power Plant

A small community of about 500 households have discovered an underground geothermal brine source that can be used to boil water at 100°C and would like to use this to generate power. The following diagram shows the initial design of a low pressure geothermal plant in which the water is boiled by the geothermal source to 100°C and subsequently superheated to 200°C by a wood-fired superheater. Notice that the high pressure of the system is at 100kPa allowing a convenient de-aerator to be placed at the pump outlet.

Justify all values used and derive all equations used starting from the basic energy equation for a flow system.


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