Geothermal Resources: An Energy Alternative

1st Edition

Authors: H.K. Gupta
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444418654
eBook ISBN: 9780444597083
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st January 1980
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Table of Contents


Foreword


Preface


Chapter 1. The Energy Outlook


Introduction


New Methods for Recovery, Power Generation and Distribution


Increased Utilization of the Limitless Energy Sources


Development and Utilization of Other Energy Sources and Techniques


Geothermal Energy — An Alternative


Geothermal Resource Assessment for the United States of America


Recoverability from U.S. Geothermal Resources


Chapter 2. Basic Concepts


Introduction


Earth's Structure


Temperatures within the Earth and Heat Flow


The Source for Heat Flow Through the Earth's Surface


Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics


Chapter 3. Heat Transfer


Introduction


Temperature, Heat and its Storage


Heat Conduction


Isotropic Solids


Anisotropic Solids


Heat Convection


Heat Radiation


Temperatures within the Earth's Crust


Chapter 4. Geothermal Systems and Resources


Introduction


Types of Geothermal Systems


Vapor-Dominated Geothermal Fields


Hot Water Geothermal Systems


Geopressured Geothermal Resources


Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Systems


Magma


Chapter 5. Exploration Techniques


Geological and Hydrological Techniques


General Background


Geothermal Resources Associated with Igneous Intrusions in the Upper Crust


Geothermal Regimes not Related to Young Intrusions


Choosing a Prospect


Geochemical Techniques


Origin of Geothermal Fluids


Chemical Composition of Geothermal Fluids


Geothermometers



Description

Developments in Economic Geology, 12: Geothermal Resources: An Energy Alternative focuses on the consideration of geothermal resources as alternative energy sources.

The publication first elaborates on the energy outlook, basic concepts, and heat transfer. Discussions focus on temperature, heat, and its storage, heat conduction, radiation, and convection, temperatures within the earth and heat flow, volcanoes and plate tectonics, geothermal resource assessment for the U.S., and recoverability from U.S. geothermal resources. The text then ponders on geothermal systems and resources, exploration techniques, and assessment and exploitation. Concerns cover drilling technology, reservoir physics and engineering, geological and hydrological techniques, geochemical techniques, and types of geothermal systems. The book takes a look at the world-wide status of geothermal resource utilization and the Cerro Prieto geothermal field in Mexico, including geothermal manifestations, transportation of steam, and environmental factors and waste disposal.

The publication is a valuable reference for alternative energy experts and researchers interested in geothermal energy resources.


Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier Science 1980
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780444597083
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444418654
Paperback ISBN:
9780444564498

Reviews

@qu:...a valuable contribution to the alternative energy scene and will be a worthwhile addition to any library that has holdings in the earth sciences or alternative energy. @source: Search


About the Authors

H.K. Gupta Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin India, and Programs in Geosciences, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA