UTC Power System at New Mexico Greenhouse is First Geothermal Plant Operating in State
UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp company, today announced that the first
two production units of its PureCycle geothermal power system installed in
July and early August at the Burgett Greenhouse in Animas, New Mexico, are
exceeding performance expectations.
The PureCycle system produces no emissions in generating electricity,
and its fuel -- geothermal hot water -- is a renewable resource. The power
from the units is used to displace grid electricity required to support the 32
acres of greenhouse operations at the site.
"UTC Power's New Mexico initiative offers further proof that our state is
fast becoming a center for renewable technology," said Sen. Jeff Bingaman of
New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee. "We are clearly positioned to create good jobs as our nation shifts
to a cleaner economy. I congratulate UTC Power for opening up new avenues of
energy production and putting its cutting-edge geothermal technology to work
in New Mexico."
Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico, ranking member on the Senate Energy and
Natural Resources Committee, said, "I am glad the UTC Power geothermal plant
in Hidalgo County is proving to be a success in producing power from a
renewable energy source. The United States must begin to harness all of its
available energy sources to support itself. As we see in Animas, taking on
this challenge can work to produce more American energy, create jobs and
strengthen a local economy."
"It's exciting to see the first geothermal power plant come on-line in New
Mexico," said Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association
. "I believe there's tremendous
potential for small-scale, distributed geothermal power generation.
Implementing modular technology utilizing low-temperature resources opens up
opportunities for hundreds of similar applications in the United States and
A survey recently released by the Geothermal Energy Association showed
continued growth in the number of new geothermal power projects being
developed in the United States, with a 20 percent increase since January of
UTC Power's geothermal system can operate at temperatures -- from 200 to
300 degrees Fahrenheit -- that were previously thought to be uneconomical for
commercial power production. The system resulted from more than six years of
research and development work involving UTC Power, United Technologies
Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dale Burgett, greenhouse owner, said, "The UTC Power team made a
commitment to deliver PureCycle systems and have them operational in two
months and they delivered on time and the performance exceeds my
Similar systems have been in operation since 2006 at Chena Hot Springs
Resort in Alaska as a U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies
demonstration project. Raser Technologies of Provo, Utah, has ordered 200
PureCycle systems for various projects it is developing in states
throughout the Western United States.
"We're pleased that these units are performing better than our predictions
in the challenging climate conditions of New Mexico," said John Fox, general
manager of the PureCycle business at UTC Power
. "This installation will
provide valuable temperature and operational information and assist with our
upcoming deployment of 50 units at the adjacent Lightning Dock geothermal site
under development by Raser Technologies
"Our innovative low-temperature technology is tapping previously
uneconomical geothermal energy resources around the globe for a cleaner, more
secure energy future today," Fox said.
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