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Post  Minermike Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:13 pm

Geothermal power is the go, plenty of it in Australia .
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Post  adrian ss Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:18 pm

Too expensive, Too complicated to achieve here on a large scale.
Not easy to get heat in hot rocks 2000 metres below the surface to heat a vast water supply and convert it to steam.
It works in New Zealand because the water is not deep and it is heated by volcanism which is also not deep.
Also in Australia the hot geothermal water is only around 80 or so degrees C which means it would have to be heated even more before it would be of use.
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Post  adrian ss Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:20 pm

Just found this. Interesting reading.
https://www.smh.com.au/education/the-heat-is-on-as-australia-plumbs-the-depths-20150516-gh35jr.html
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Post  Minermike Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:41 pm

They do not have to convert it to steam , see the one at Winton Q'land .

When Geodynamics drilled a deep bore , they were surprised to find hot brine water at that depth . You get the energy from heat transfer , it does not have to be steam or made into steam .
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Post  adrian ss Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:27 am

My understanding is that:

For geothermal electricity power production:

Hot water is pumped from deep underground through a well under high pressure.
When the water reaches the surface, the pressure is dropped, which causes the water to turn into steam.
The steam spins a turbine, which is connected to a generator that produces electricity.

In Australia there is not a lot of hot underground water but plenty of hot rock.
The water has to be forced through the rock to pick up heat it is then pumped to the surface, turned to steam that drives a turbine that produces electricity that heats and lights the house that jack built. Very Happy
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Post  Minermike Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:05 am

Geodynamics ran the Habanero Geothermal Project in S.A. The pilot plant ran for 160 days . Well head temp. was 215 ° c.

More info . can be found here https://arena.gov.au
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