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In many developing countries the exponentially growing electricity demand can be covered by using locally available, sustainable low-enthalpy geothermal resources (80-150 C). Such low-enthalpy sources can make electricity generation more independent from oil imports or from the over-dependence on hydropower. Until now, this huge energy resource has only been used by some developed countries like the USA, Iceland and New Zealand. The reason why low-enthalpy geothermal resources are not used for electricity generation is that there is still a misconception that low-enthalpy thermal fluids are fit only for direct application. The advancement of drilling technology, development of efficient heat exchangers and deployment of high sensitive binary fluids contribute to the useful application of this energy resource on a much wider scale.
This book focuses on all aspects of low enthalpy geothermal thermal fluids. It will be an important source book for all scientists working on geothermal energy development. Specifically those involved in research in developing countries rich in such thermal resources, and for agencies involved in bilateral and international cooperation.
The forte of the book is the part dealing with modern methodology and techniques of exploring the geothermal resources, and beneficially converting the heat energy of geothermal waters into electricity. It offers solutions for generation of power that would ensure that no greenhouse gases are formed. In other words, tapping the energy of hot-springs on a large-scale implies effective contribution to the lessening of global warming. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 95, NO. 12. DECEMBER 2008 "! case studies described in this book clearly demonstrate how low-enthalpy geothermal resources can be utilized for improving the socio-economic status of rural areas in developing countries." "This book is intended not only for graduate and research students as a primary dictionary, but also should prove useful for professional geologists and engineers, as well as professionals involved in energy planning and greenhouse gas mitigation." in: ENERGY SOURCES, Part A, 31:98, 2009
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