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How a Geothermal Power Plant Works
http://energy.gov/eere/geothermal/how-geothermal-power-plant-works-simple

Geothermal Technologies Program, US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This simplified animation of a geothermal power plant from the U.S. Department of Energy illustrates commonalities with traditional power-generating stations. While there are many types of geothermal power plants, this animation shows a generic plant.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The educator should point out that geothermal power plants use many of the same components as more conventional power plants, including turbines, generators, transformers, and other standard power-generating equipment.

About the Science

  • A simple animation that shows a geothermal well, turbine, generator, and transmission.
  • Explanatory text is below each segment of the animation.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • This animation is introductory material and not a comprehensive coverage of the topic.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • A text version of the animation is available.
Entered the Collection: November 2011 Last Reviewed: June 2016

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