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Utah's First Geothermal Plant in Over 20 Years Completed

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Raser Technologies announced this week that it has completed construction of a plant on top of one of the United States’ largest geothermal hotbeds to be discovered in over 25 years—so large that Raser believes it could power one third of all homes in Utah.

The plant, which is also the first to be completed in Utah in over 20 years, was constructed in only six months time using proprietary technology developed by Raser. Most geothermal plants take five to seven years to complete.

Raser’s 10 MW plant will utilize a new low temperature technology invented by UTC Power. The technology generates electrical power with zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Over the next few months, Raser will complete the commissioning process for the plant. The company hopes that it will be fully functional before 2009. Now that Raser has proven that speedy construction of geothermal plants is possible, expect to see more sites popping up quickly in the future.

Photo Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 
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