Imperial Valley environmental project [electronic resource] : air quality assessment
- Livermore, Calif. : Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 1979. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Pages: 21 : digital, PDF file
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- Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
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- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- The potential impact on air quality of geothermal development in California's Imperial Valley is assessed. The assessment is based on the predictions of numerical atmospheric transport models. Emission rates derived from analyses of the composition of geothermal fluids in the region and meteorological data taken at six locations in the valley over a 1-yr period were used as input to the models. Scenarios based on 3000 MW, 2000 MW, 500 MW, and 100 MW of power production are considered. Hydrogen sulfide is the emission of major concern. Our calculations predict that at the 3000-MW level (with no abatement), the California 1-h standard for H₂S(42 μg/m³) would be violated at least 1% of the time over an area of approximately 1500 km² (about 1/3 of the valley area). The calculations indicate that an H₂S emission rate below 0.8 g/s per 100-MW unit is needed to avoid violations of the standard beyond a distance of 1 km from the source. Emissions of ammonia, carbon dioxide, mercury, and radon are not expected to produce significant ground level concentrations, nor is the atmospheric conversion of hydrogen sulfide to sulfur dioxide expected to result in significant SO₂ levels.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 04/04/1979., "ucrl-52699", and Gudiksen, P.H.; Ermak, D.L.; Nyholm, R.A.
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