Geothermal Power Plants

2nd Edition

Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact

Authors: Ronald DiPippo
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750686204
eBook ISBN: 9780080554761
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 13th November 2007
Page Count: 520
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Ron DiPippo, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is a world-regarded geothermal expert. This single resource covers all aspects of the utilization of geothermal energy for power generation from fundamental scientific and engineering principles. The thermodynamic basis for the design of geothermal power plants is at the heart of the book and readers are clearly guided on the process of designing and analysing the key types of geothermal energy conversion systems. 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.

An important new chapter covers Environmental Impact and Abatement Technologies, including gaseous and solid emissions; water, noise and thermal pollutions; land usage; disturbance of natural hydrothermal manifestations, habitats and vegetation; minimisation of CO2 emissions and environmental impact assessment.

The book is illustrated with over 240 photographs and drawings. Nine chapters include practice problems, with solutions, which enable the book to be used as a course text. Also includes a definitive worldwide compilation of every geothermal power plant that has operated, unit by unit, plus a concise primer on the applicable thermodynamics.

Key Features

  • Engineering principles are at the heart of the book, with complete coverage of the thermodynamic basis for the design of geothermal power systems
  • Practical applications are backed up by an extensive selection of case studies that show how geothermal energy conversion systems have been designed, applied and exploited in practice
  • World renowned geothermal expert DiPippo has including a new chapter on Environmental Impact and Abatement Technology in this new edition


Environmental, mechanical and power engineers; geothermal researchers and developers; academics and students.

Table of Contents


  1. Geology of Geothermal Regions
  2. Exploration Strategies and Techniques
  3. Geothermal Well Drilling
  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. Exergy Analysis Applied to Geothermal Power Systems PART THREE GEOTHERMAL POWER PLANT CASE STUDIES
  11. Larderello Dry-Steam Power Plants, Tuscany, Italy
  12. The Geysers Dry-Steam Power Plants, Sonoma and Lake Counties, California, U.S.A.
  13. Cerro Prieto Power Station, Baja California Norte, Mexico
  14. Hatchobaru Power Station, Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan
  15. Mutnovsky Flash-Steam Power Plant, Kamchakta Peninsula, Russia
  16. Miravalles Power Station, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
  17. Heber Binary Plants, Imperial Valley, California, USA
  18. Magmamax Binary Power Plant, East Mesa, Imperial Valley California, USA
  19. Environmental Impact of Geothermal Power Plants


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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