Characterizing the Resource


This chapter describes the geothermal resource: the Earth. Proper resource characterization is perhaps the most important part of a geothermal energy project because all other aspects of the project stem from the resource availability and sustainability. Readers will learn where geothermal resources of varying temperature can be found in nature, and why they occur. The concept of reservoir engineering, normally used in the petroleum and high-temperature geothermal industry, is discussed in the context of all types of geothermal application. Resource characterization for geothermal heat pump systems is the main focus.

3.2Origin and Structure of the Earth
3.3Geology and Drilling Basics for Energy Engineers
3.4Earth Temperature Regime and Global Heat Flows: Why is the Center of the Earth Hot?
3.5Shallow Earth Temperatures
3.6The Geothermal Reservoir Concept
3.7Geothermal Site Suitability Analysis
3.8Chapter Summary
Discussion Questions and Exercise Problems

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