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Energy and Power Generation Handbook: Established and Emerging Technologies

K. R. Rao
K. R. Rao
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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.

16.1 Introduction
16.2 Brief Survey of the Literature
16.3 Six Potential Geothermal Production Systems
16.4 Geothermal Resource Development — Exploration, Drilling, and Reservoir Engineering
16.5 Geothermal Electrical Power Generation
16.6 Current US Geothermal Power Production Efforts
16.7 Comments on Enhanced Geothermal Systems and the Prospects for the Future
16.8 Utility Impact on Geothermal Development
16.9 Geothermal Power Production Findings
16.10 Environmental Benefits
16.11 Potential Environmental Impacts
16.12 Comparison with other Renewable Energy Sources
16.13 Competing in Energy Markets
16.14 Sustainability
16.15 Direct Use of Geothermal
16.16 Geothermal Heat Pump Findings
16.17 Summary and Conclusions
16.18 Acknowledgments
16.19 Acronyms
16.20 References
16.21 Other Sources for Information
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