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As well as getting household to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is situated in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, generating it an best place to practical experience both Māori culture and Rotorua’s geothermal attractions Whakarewarewa boasts about 500 active geothermal functions which includes alkaline chloride hot springs, playful mud pools and at least 65 geyser vents, each with their personal name. Seven geysers are at present active, like the renowned Pohutu Geyser. ‘Pohutu signifies ‘big splash or explosion’ and it undoubtedly lives up to its name!
To do this a borehole is drilled to the depth of the reservoir that is to be created. Current fractures in the rock are then expanded by the injection of higher pressure fluids. This moves the rock causing a slight displacement, developing increased permeability when the applied stress is removed. A second borehole is then drilled into the expanded fractures to permit the circulation of geothermal fluids.
Binary plants are generally constructed in little modular units of a couple of hundred kWe to a few MWe capacity. These units can then be linked up to generate energy-plants of a couple of tens of megawatts. Their expense depends on a quantity of components, but specifically on the temperature of the geothermal fluid produced, which influences the size of the turbine, heat exchangers and cooling program. The total size of the plant has little effect on the specific price, as a series of common modular units is joined together to get bigger capacities.
The initiative is also minimizing deforestation due to the establishment of a wildlife protection park and numerous reforestation projects in the geothermal field. Four women are employed as rangers in the park. They are in charge of conservation activities, caring for rescued animals and guiding guests. The protected forest has an area of 111,824 m2. Water solutions for the wildlife protection park are provided by surplus steam condensates.