Geothermal Power Plants

Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact, Third Edition


  • Ronald DiPippo, Renewable Energy Consultant, Chancellor Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, MA, USA

Now in its 3e, this single resource covers all aspects of the utilization of geothermal energy for power generation using fundamental scientific and engineering principles. Its practical emphasis is enhanced by the use of case studies from real plants that increase the reader's understanding of geothermal energy conversion and provide a unique compilation of hard-to-obtain data and experience.

Important new chapters cover Hot Dry Rock, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, and Deep Hydrothermal Systems. New, international case studies provide practical, hands-on knowledge.

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Primary audience:
Geothermal reservoir engineers; geothermal professionals (engineers, scientists, managers)

Secondary audience:
Petroleum engineering and ground water professionals interested in geothermal energy, earth scientists, geoscientists


Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-098206-9


"Geothermal Power Plants is a highly detailed book that seeks to provide an explanation to both the underlying principles and the technical challenges of power generation from geothermal resources… I can see this book being very useful indeed for those actively working in the geothermal energy sector."--GeoQ, December 2013
"…this book is an up-to-date, application-oriented guide to geothermal power plants that addresses the multidisciplinary bandwidth of technical aspects ranging from reservoir exploitation to the use of the geothermal fluid for power production. The book gives both an overview on the theoretical and practical background of each topic and an overview on existing geothermal power plants."--Energy Technology, 2013
"In this update of the 2008 and 2005 editions, DiPippo (emeritus, mechanical engineering, U. of Massachusetts Dartmouth) covers advances in geothermal electrical generation as growing emphasis is being placed on cleaner and more sustainable energy resources. In addition to updated information on the scientific principles and exploration strategies involved in tapping geothermal energy, a new section covers solar-geothermal hybrid power plants. This edition also includes a greater number of case studies that treat site-specific engineering demands and designs worldwide, updated data tables, illustrations, problems with an answer key, technical appendices, and a tutorial on REPROP software used to model geothermal binary plants."--Reference and Research News, October 2012

Table of Contents

1. Geology of Geothermal Regions
2. Exploration Strategies and Techniques 
3. Geothermal Well Drilling
4. Reservoir Engineering
5. Single-Flash Steam Power Plants
6. Double-Flash Steam Power Plants
7. Dry-Steam Power Plants
8. Binary Cycle Power Plants
9. Advanced Geothermal Energy Conversion Systems
10. Hot Dry Rock/Enhanced Geothermal Systems/Deep Hydrothermal Systems
11. Exergy Analysis Applied to Geothermal Power Systems
12. Larderello Dry-Steam Power Plants, Tuscany, Italy
13. The Geysers Dry-Steam Power Plants, Sonoma and Lake Counties, California, U.S.A.
14. Cerro Prieto Power Station, Baja California Norte, Mexico
15. Hatchobaru Power Station, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan
16. Mutnovsky Flash-Steam Power Plant, Kamchakta Peninsula, Russia
17. Miravalles Power Station, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
18. Heber Binary Plants, Imperial Valley, California, USA
19. Magmamax Binary Power Plant, East Mesa, Imperial Valley California, USA
20. Raft River Plants, Idaho, USA
21. Kizildere and Salavatli Plants, Turkey
22. Nesjavellir and Hellisheidi Plants, Iceland
23.  Environmental Impact of Geothermal Power Plants