After the completion of the geological survey and the administrative preparation of the assignment, in March 2021, the company PW Energy has introduced the project for the utilization of geothermal energy for power production within two geothermal centers in the Žiar nad Hronom region.
Electricity generation will take place in facilities based on the ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle), each of which will have an installed electrical capacity of 6.3 to 6.5 MWe (a total of 12.6 to 13 MWe).
Each power plant will utilize the energy using six wells (three production and three re-injection) in a closed loop with re-injection of the thermally exploited geothermal water, thanks to which the water will be reused in the production loop. Planned is the implementation of a total of six doublets (designation of production + re-injection well).
Planned is the construction of two geothermal centers (E-GEO-1 in Horné Opatovce and E-GEO-2 in Lovča) approximately 3 kilometers apart. The annual production of electricity will correspond to the consumption of approximately 40,000 households. Residual heat from the power production can be further utilized, in example for district heating supply, in agriculture, industry or for recreational purposes.