Geothermal Energy

An Alternative Resource for the 21st Century


  • Harsh Gupta, Department of Ocean Development, New Delhi, India
  • Sukanta Roy, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India

More than 20 countries generate electricity from geothermal resources and about 60 countries make direct use of geothermal energy. A ten-fold increase in geothermal energy use is foreseeable at the current technology level. Geothermal Energy: An Alternative Resource for the 21st Century provides a readable and coherent account of all facets of geothermal energy development and summarizes the present day knowledge on geothermal resources, their exploration and exploitation. Accounts of geothermal resource models, various exploration techniques, drilling and production technology are discussed within 9 chapters, as well as important concepts and current technological developments.
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Geothermal developers and engineers; geologists; geophysicists; geochemists; volcanologists; energy providers; equipment designers and manufacturers; mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial engineers; power plant technicians; as well as, researchers and graduates in these areas


Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52875-9

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. The Energy Outlook. 2. Basic Concepts. 3. Heat Transfer. 4. Geothermal Systems and Resources. 5. Exploration Techniques. 6. Assessment and Exploitation. 7. The Cerro Prieto Geothermal Field, Mexico. 8. Worldwide Status of Geothermal Resource Utilization. 9. Thermal Energy of the Oceans.