\'imagineer\' touts geothermal energy invention
Hidden under an antique resort 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, there is a free 24/7 treasure trove of potential energy.
Alaska entrepreneur Bernie Carr pioneered modern technology to take advantage of hot water, one of the oldest sources of energy on Earth.
Carl, 56, likes to call himself an imaginary \".
The tenacious thinker and self use imagination to inspire his engineering ambitions
Starter has come up with a way to generate electricity from water that uses the temperature of a cup of coffee ---
About 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
\"There are more opportunities now than at any time in human history, but we have to reinvent ourselves,\" Carr said . \".
Carl is determined to re-invent the way he consumes energy after buying Chena spa resort from Alaska with his wife Connie in 1998.
\"After we bought the hot springs, I couldn\'t believe it. The swimming pool and hot springs were heated by diesel, 1,000 gallons per month! \" Karl said.
To cut costs and take advantage of immediate resources, Carl invented a portable geothermal power plant.
In a little over three years, he said, Carl and his wife have gotten rid of their reliance on diesel and saved $625,000.
Carl worked with the Department of Energy to fund half of $1.
4 million exploration projects to find and characterize geothermal resources in Chena springs.
\"This is a model of what you can do,\" Carl said . \".
Carl grew up on a farm outside Peoria, Illinois, and was the sixth child of 16 siblings.
He said his parents taught him how to work hard, how to recycle his clothes and shoes, and how to compost food and farm waste.
He said that in the 1970 s, Carl was actively involved in gold mining in central Alaska and established the state\'s largest recycling facility in 1984.
Many of his ideas stem from finding other ways to use and reuse resources that he already has.
After the acquisition of 400-
Carl began to take water from underground hot springs, which heat the facility\'s greenhouse every year --round.
Recently, Carl signed a contract with the pepermere Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada, where a similar system was built to turn his invention into a separate business.
The price of his portable geothermal generator ranges from $350,000 to $375,000, and each has the potential to provide enough power to an average of 250 households per year in the United States.
The generator is located on a flat plate truck and can be connected to an oil and gas well or other hot well
The source of electricity.
Carl added a branch connection to the oil or gas pipeline, and the process started when his \"hot faucet\" entered the wastewater through the pipeline.
Hot water enters the evaporator tube installed in a common refrigerant in many air conditioning systems.
When the hot water passes through the evaporator, it starts boiling the refrigerant in the shell around the tube.
The heat released by the boiling refrigerant causes the connected turbine to rotate, thus jumping
Start the generator and generate electricity.
Next, the cooling water enters from another source to recondense the steam refrigerant into a liquid.
The pump pushes the liquid refrigerant back to the evaporator so that the cycle can start again.
The difference in temperature drives the entire \"binary system \".
\"This setting is exactly the opposite of the refrigerator.
\"Chena Spa is the lowest hot spring
It will be used for thermal Geothermal resources for commercial power production in the world, \"Carr said.
\"Oil companies do not pump wells for water, but in unused wells they have about 5,000 KW of geothermal power available.
Let\'s choose low
\"Hang up the fruit and use our existing oil wells to exploit geothermal energy,\" he said . \".
Carl quoted 2007 of the MIT research report as saying that using only 2% of the energy inside the Earth can provide 2,000 times more energy than the current energy consumed by the entire Earth. -
Greenhouse gas emissions without pollution.
\"Everything goes back, there is no pollution, there is no chimney,\" he said . \".
\"We\'re going to recycle the well, recycle the water, and put it back underground.
\"Hissing from the center of the Earth, despite Carl\'s low
The method of temperature is new, and for more than a century, people have been trying to generate electricity from the heat emitted from the center of the Earth. -
Used for cooking, bathing and electricity.
In fact, the word \"geothermal\" comes from the Greek word geo (Earth)and therme (heat).
\"We have determined that, based on a global analysis of the existing geothermal system, the assessment of the overall geothermal system in the United States, thermal recovery may be economical in the short term. S.
Deep resources and continuous improvement
\"Drilling and reservoir stimulation techniques,\" said Jefferson W, a professor at MIT . \"Tester.
In 2007 of the research, MIT professors found that mining a large amount of heat, which is used as heat energy stored in the Earth\'s Hard Rock shell, can provide most of the electricity needed in the future in the United States, prices are competitive and have little impact on the environment. \". . .
If we drill deep enough, most parts of the United StatesS.
\"It can be transformed into a huge geothermal power generation area, while significantly reducing the country\'s carbon footprint,\" the MIT report said . \".
Geothermal power is widely used in dozens of countries, and Iceland, a small island country, is a leader in this field.
According to the National Energy Administration of Iceland, unusually rich geothermal resources create 30% of Iceland\'s energy.
\"Imagination is very important,\" Carl said . \" The resort in Carl has 65 employees and can accommodate up to 210 guests.
If one of the youngest mothers, Bernie Carrand-
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