Geothermal Power Plants

3rd Edition

Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact

Authors: Ronald DiPippo
Paperback ISBN: 9780080982069
eBook ISBN: 9780123947871
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 24th April 2012
Page Count: 624
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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.

Key Features

  • Provides coverage of all aspects of the utilization of geothermal energy for power generation from fundamental scientific and engineering principles
  • International case studies from real plants provide a unique compilation of hard-to-obtain data and experience
  • Includes pivotal updates on advances in Hot Dry Rock, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, and Deep Hydrothermal Systems


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

Table of Contents


Foreword to the Third Edition

Preface and Acknowledgements to the Third Edition

Preface and Acknowledgements to the Second Edition

Preface and Acknowledgments to the First Edition

Part 1. Resource Identification and Development

Chapter 1. Geology of Geothermal Regions

1.1 Introduction

1.2 The Earth and its atmosphere

1.3 Active geothermal regions

1.4 Model of a hydrothermal geothermal resource

1.5 Other types of geothermal resources



Chapter 2. Exploration Strategies and Techniques

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Objectives of an exploration program

2.3 Phases of an exploration program

2.4 Synthesis and interpretation

2.5 The next step: Drilling



Chapter 3. Geothermal Well Drilling

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Site preparation and drilling equipment

3.3 Drilling operations

3.4 Safety precautions


Chapter 4. Reservoir Engineering

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Reservoir and well flow

4.3 Well testing

4.4 Calcite scaling in well casings

4.5 Reservoir modeling and simulation



Part 2. Geothermal Power Generating Systems

Chapter 5. Single-Flash Steam Power Plants

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Gathering system design considerations

5.3 Energy conversion system

5.4 Thermodynamics of the conversion process

5.5 Example: Single-flash optimization

5.6 Optimum separator temperature: An approximate formulation

5.7 Environmental aspects for single-flash plants

5.8 Equipment list for single-flash plants


Nomenclature for figures in Chapter 5


Chapter 6. Double-Flash Steam Power Plants

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Gathering sys


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About the Author

Ronald DiPippo

Ronald DiPippo is a world-recognized geothermal expert. He is the author of 98 technical publications and has taught as a visiting lecturer at M.I.T., Brown University, University of Nevada, Reno, and University of Akureyri, Iceland

Affiliations and Expertise

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


"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