• Vol 8, No 7 (2017)
  • Mechanical Engineering

Energy and Exergy Analysis of Mount Salak Geothermal Power Plant Unit 1-2-3

BAKHRUL ULUM, Nurrohman Nurrohman, Ervan Ambarita, Yogi Sirodz Gaos

Publish at : 27 Dec 2017 - 00:00
IJtech : IJtech Vol 8, No 7 (2017)
DOI : https://doi.org/10.14716/ijtech.v8i7.740

Cite this article as:
Ulum, B., Nurrohman, Ambarita, E., Gaos, Y.S., 2017. Energy and Exergy Analysis of Mount Salak Geothermal Power Plant Unit 1-2-3. International Journal of Technology, Volume 8(7), pp. 1217-1228
BAKHRUL ULUM - PT. Indonesia Power
- Ibn Khaldun University
Nurrohman Nurrohman Ibn Khaldun University
Ervan Ambarita PT. Indonesia Power
Yogi Sirodz Gaos Ibn Khaldun University
Email to Corresponding Author


Excellence in skilled operation is vital for the efficiency of geothermal power plants. Mount Salak geothermal power plant unit 1-2-3 has consistently produced no less than 180 MWe to the Java-Bali grid since its first commercial operation in 1994, with an equivalent availability factor (EAF) average of 96%. Owing to this long operation period, power plant efficiency must be improved for the sustainable production of electricity. In this study, energy and exergy analysis has been undertaken to ascertain the amount of energy that is used in the power plant’s current condition, and to determine the plant’s overall system losses. Research was carried out by collecting data relating to temperature, pressure, and mass flow rate. Data were analyzed using the control volume to assess the thermal and mass balance and ascertain the value of exergy. Analysis was conducted theoretically and compared with results calculated by Engineering Equation Solver (EES) software. The results showed that from 1069.90 MWe in steam energy entering the system, the total amount of exergy was 302.42 MWe. Mount Salak geothermal power plant unit 1-2-3 had an overall first law efficiency of 16.75% and an overall second law efficiency of 59.27%. The greatest losses - 27.84% of the total exergy - were in the condensers. This was caused by the quality of cooling water entering condensers, which was in turn a result of cooling tower performance. Results suggest that turbine unit 1 should be investigated further to determine causes of decreased capacity.

Efficiency; Energy; Exergy; Geothermal power plant; Losses


The total energy and exergy of steam entering power plant systems are 1069.90 MWe and 302.42 MWe. Mount Salak Geothermal Power Plant Unit 1-2-3 has an overall first law efficiency of 16.75% and an overall second law efficiency of 59.27%. Further investigation in Unit 1 needs to be done as soon as possible to achieve production at maximum capacity. The largest losses of exergy were in the condensers, which came to 27.84% of total exergy. This is because of the higher demand for steam to generate the turbine and produce maximum work. This condition is affected by the quality of water used to cool the exhaust steam in the condenser, which is in turn affected by the condition of the cooling tower, where FCT cannot be operated maximally. Higher temperatures of cooling water decreases turbine efficiency, and means that, in order to produce the same amount of output energy as maximum capacity, the turbine needs more incoming energy in the form of more steam. In conclusion, further maintenance that focuses on FCT is imperative, so that losses in exergy in the condenser are reduced, and power plant efficiency is overall increased by using less steam to produce the same amount of electricity.


The authors would like to acknowledge Operation Division of PT. Indonesia Power Mount Salak Geothermal Power Plant who have been very helpful during the research process, particularly in the provision of data used for calculations.


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