Low Temperature Geothermal: Chena Hot Springs Resort
Gwen Holdmann, founder / director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, came to the University of Alaska Fairbanks from a career in the energy industry during which she helped Chena Hot Springs Resort implement the world’s lowest temperature geothermal power plant. Recognized by the US Department of Energy with an R&D 100 award in 2007, the energy system at Chena generated all of the resort’s power from 165 F hot spring water, and used the thermal waters to heat all of the buildings, hot water tanks and greenhouses at the site. Geothermal resources are available at many artic locations, some with temperatures and flow rates that may allow nearby communities to mitigate their energy challenges. Highlights and practical suggestions from the experience at Chena Hot Springs can help explore those local opportunities.

Sep 26, 2019 09:00 AM in Alaska

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