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Pratt and Whitney unveils mobile geothermal power system
Pratt and Whitney Power Systems has teamed up with Chena Power and the U.S. Department of Energy to reveal a mobile geothermal power generation unit at the 2009 Geothermal Energy Expo in Reno, Nevada.
The conference was the second stop on the unit's nationwide demonstration tour that will conclude at an oil and gas field in Florida, where it will be put into operational service.
The unit operates using Pratt and Whitney's PureCycle system, which can produce electricity through various heat sources measuring between 190 and 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
This unit was initially designed for the oil and gas industry to "[allow] customers to relocate valuable energy generating capability from one geothermal waste heat resource to another as circumstances dictate."
Potential benefits of such mobile generators include the use of high volume manufacturing parts with short lead times, low temperature capabilities and modular installations depending the operator's needs. The unit also uses resource water in its cooling system, which eliminates the need for a detached water source.
Those wishing to capitalize on such developments in green power generation may consider enrolling in bachelors or masters degrees in environmental science, as the demand for specialists in this field is expected to grow by 25 percent over the next seven years.