Geothermally sourced combined power and freshwater generation for Eastern Africa

Neil M. Burnside, Sham Rane, Guopeng Yu, Haiteng Ma, Nelly Montcoudiol, Weihong Li, Elias Lewi Teklemariam, Adrian J. Boyce, Li He, Zhibin Yu

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The Geothermally Sourced Combined Power and Freshwater Generation for Eastern Africa (Combi- Gen) project aims to deliver enhanced power and water resource capabilities to energy-poor and waterscarce nations associated with the East African Rift System (EARS). The Combi-Gen project utilises a robust understanding of geothermal resources and develops a novel thermal chimney driven air-cooled condenser coupled to Trilateral Flash Cycle power generation. This whole systems approach allows for development of a system that produces power and fresh water with no parasitic power load. This paper reports our initial data assessment and modelling results which showcase optimal thermal exchange efficiency parameters and engineering system design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the European Geothermal Congress
Place of PublicationThe Hague, Netherlands
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2019
EventEuropean Geothermal Congress 2019 - World Forum, Den Haag, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Jun 201914 Jun 2019


ConferenceEuropean Geothermal Congress 2019
Abbreviated titleEGC
CityDen Haag
Internet address


  • power
  • water
  • innovation
  • East Africa


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