Exergoeconomic analysis and optimization of a combined double flash - Binary cycle for Ulubelu geothermal power plant in Indonesia

A. Rachmat, Nasruddin, A. S. Wibowo, A. Surachman

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In this paper, the combination of double-flash and binary cycles for Ulubelu geothermal power plant is proposed and optimized by using the Matlab software. This proposed system uses real data and properties of brine exploited from the Ulubelu geothermal well in Indonesia and four working fluid candidates, namely n-Pentane, R141b, R123 and R245fa are used in binary cycles. Optimization using a multi-objective genetic algorithm with an exergoenomic approach is applied to find out the proposed system performance from both thermodynamic and economic point of view. In the optimization procedure, the exergy efficiency and total specific cost of output power become objective functions while the first flash pressure, second flash pressure and Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine inlet temperature are selected as constraints. The system performance proposed in this paper is compared with the performance of the existing system. The results show that n-pentane is the best working fluid where multi-objective optimization indicates that the system can generate 63.54 MW of power with thermal and exergy efficiencies of 17.59% and 65.26% and specific cost of 1.7049 USD / GJ at the selected optimal design point. Compared to the existing system, there is a significant improvement in performance both from thermodynamic performance and economic performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012087
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2018
Event2nd International Tropical Renewable Energy Conference, i-TREC 2017 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 3 Oct 20174 Oct 2017


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