16 Geothermal Energy and Power Development
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Geothermal energy constitutes an indigenous, sustainable, continuous, base load renewable resource available to power developers on most continents. This chapter discusses geothermal energy basics, resource exploration, and types of resources along with their utilization, sustainability, benefits, and the potential environmental consequences of resource development. The current state of knowledge and possible expansion of the resource base via Enhanced Geothermal Systems technologies are also discussed.