Geothermal Energy: Delivering on the Global Potential by Paul L. YoungerGeothermal Energy: Delivering on the Global Potential by Paul L. Younger

Geothermal Energy: Delivering on the Global Potential

EditorPaul L. Younger

Hardcover | November 26, 2015

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After decades of being largely the preserve of countries in volcanic regions, the use of geothermal energy—for both heat and power applications—is now expanding worldwide. This reflects its excellent low-carbon credentials and its ability to offer baseload and dispatchable output  - rare amongst the mainstream renewables. Yet uptake of geothermal still lags behind that of solar and wind, principally because of (i) uncertainties over resource availability in poorly-explored reservoirs and (ii) the concentration of full-lifetime costs into early-stage capital expenditure (capex). Recent advances in reservoir characterization techniques are beginning to narrow the bounds of exploration uncertainty, both by improving estimates of reservoir geometry and properties, and by providing pre-drilling estimates of temperature at depth. Advances in drilling technologies and management have potential to significantly lower initial capex, while operating expenditure is being further reduced by more effective reservoir management — supported by robust mathematical models — and increasingly efficient energy conversion systems (flash, binary and combined-heat-and-power). Advances in characterization and modelling are also improving management of shallow low-enthalpy resources that can only be exploited using heat-pump technology. Taken together with increased public appreciation of the benefits of geothermal, the technology is finally ready to take its place as a mainstream renewable technology, This book draws together some of the latest developments in concepts and technology that are enabling the growing realisation of the global potential of geothermal energy in all its manifestations.After decades of being largely the preserve of countries in volcanic regions, the use of geothermal energy—for both heat and power applications—is now expanding worldwide. This reflects its excellent low-carbon credentials and its ability to offer baseload and dispatchable output  - rare amongst the mainstream renewables. Yet uptake of geothermal still lags behind that of solar and wind, principally because of (i) uncertainties over resource availability in poorly-explored reservoirs and (ii) the concentration of full-lifetime costs into early-stage capital expenditure (capex). Recent advances in reservoir characterization techniques are beginning to narrow the bounds of exploration uncertainty, both by improving estimates of reservoir geometry and properties, and by providing pre-drilling estimates of temperature at depth. Advances in drilling technologies and management have potential to significantly lower initial capex, while operating expenditure is being further reduced by more effective reservoir management — supported by robust mathematical models — and increasingly efficient energy conversion systems (flash, binary and combined-heat-and-power). Advances in characterization and modelling are also improving management of shallow low-enthalpy resources that can only be exploited using heat-pump technology. Taken together with increased public appreciation of the benefits of geothermal, the technology is finally ready to take its place as a mainstream renewable technology, This book draws together some of the latest developments in concepts and technology that are enabling the growing realisation of the global potential of geothermal energy in all its manifestations.

Title:Geothermal Energy: Delivering on the Global PotentialFormat:HardcoverDimensions:430 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 1.31 inPublished:November 26, 2015Publisher:MDPI AGLanguage:English

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Paul L. YoungerPreface: Geothermal Energy: Delivering on the Global PotentialChapter 1: Enhancing Geothermal Reservoir CharacterisationAlistair T. McCay, Thomas L. Harley, Paul L. Younger, David C. W. Sanderson andAlan J. CresswellGamma-ray Spectrometry in Geothermal Exploration: State of the Art TechniquesGraham Alexander Ryan and Eylon ShalevSeismic Velocity/Temperature Correlations and a Possible New Geothermometer: Insights from Exploration of a High-Temperature Geothermal System on Montserrat, West IndiesYota Suzuki, Seiichiro Ioka and Hirofumi MuraokaDetermining the Maximum Depth of Hydrothermal Circulation Using Geothermal Mapping and Seismicity to Delineate the Depth to Brittle-Plastic Transition in Northern Honshu, JapanPaolo Fulignati, Paola Marianelli, Alessandro Sbrana and Valentina Ciani3D Geothermal Modelling of the Mount Amiata Hydrothermal System in ItalyFrancesco Italiano, Angelo De Santis, Paolo Favali, Mario Luigi Rainone, Sergio Rusi and Patrizio SignaniniThe Marsili Volcanic Seamount (Southern Tyrrhenian Sea): A Potential Offshore Geothermal ResourceMonia ProcesiGeothermal Potential Evaluation for Northern Chile and Suggestions for New Energy PlansSimon Weides and Jacek MajorowiczImplications of Spatial Variability in Heat Flow for Geothermal Resource Evaluation in Large Foreland Basins: The Case of the Western Canada Sedimentary BasinRafael Rodríguez Díez and María B. Díaz-AguadoEstimating Limits for the Geothermal Energy Potential of Abandoned Underground Coal Mines: A Simple MethodologyChapter 2: Uptake of Geothermal EnergyLadislaus RybachGeothermal Power Growth 1995-2013-A Comparison with Other RenewablesSimon Rees and Robin CurtisNational Deployment of Domestic Geothermal Heat Pump Technology: Observations on the UK Experience 1995-2013Thorsten Agemar, Josef Weber and Rüdiger SchulzDeep Geothermal Energy Production in GermanySimone Carr-Cornish and Lygia RomanachDifferences in Public Perceptions of Geothermal Energy Technology in AustraliaThomas Hermans, Frédéric Nguyen, Tanguy Robert and Andre RevilGeophysical Methods for Monitoring Temperature Changes in Shallow Low Enthalpy Geothermal SystemsChapter 3: Operational Performance of Geothermal Energy SystemsChris UnderwoodOn the Design and Response of Domestic Ground-Source Heat Pumps in the UKPavel Neuberger, Radomír Adamovský and Michaela SedováTemperatures and Heat Flows in a Soil Enclosing a Slinky Horizontal Heat ExchangerFlorian Heberle and Dieter BrüggemannThermoeconomic Analysis of Hybrid Power Plant Concepts for Geothermal Combined Heat and Power GenerationYodha Y. Nusiaputra, Hans-Joachim Wiemer and Dietmar KuhnThermal-Economic Modularization of Small, Organic Rankine Cycle Power Plants for Mid- Enthalpy Geothermal FieldsReynir S. Atlason, Gudmundur V. Oddsson and Runar UnnthorssonGeothermal Power Plant Maintenance: Evaluating Maintenance System Needs Using Quantitative Kano Analysis