Importance of load based automatic control in geothermal energy systems
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Geothermal energy production is not possible without use of electricity, since electricity is needed to pump geothermal fluid from underground to consumption point. The biggest portion of the operating cost in geothermal district heating systems comes from pumping energy consumption. In ibis study Balcova-Narhdere geothermal district heating system has been analysed and the optimum control strategies minimising the energy consumption in the system discussed. Then decisive factors in the efficient control and operation of geothermal healing systems have been studied. Finally fundamental automation requirements for efficient operation of geothermal district heating systems has been introduced. Copyright © 2003 IFAC.