226 pages, illustrations, tables
Geothermal energy refers to the heat contained within the Earth that generates geological phenomena on a planetary scale. Today, this term is often associated with man's efforts to tap into this vast energy source. Geothermal Energy: utilization and technology is a detailed reference text, describing the various methods and technologies used to exploit the earth's heat. Beginning with an overview of geothermal energy and the state of the art, leading international experts in the field cover the main applications of geothermal energy, including: electricity generation space and district heating space cooling greenhouse heating aquaculture industrial applications The final third of Geothermal Energy: Utilization and Technology focuses upon environmental impact and economic, financial and legal considerations, providing a comprehensive review of these topics. Each chapter is written by a different author, but to a set style, beginning with aims and objectives and ending with references, self-assessment questions and answers. Case studies are included throughout. Whilst written primarily for professionals and students interested in learning more about geothermal energy, Geothermal Energy: Utilization and Technology also offers those new to the field and the general geothermal community an opportunity to understand and review the potential of this exciting alternative energy source.
"Geothermal energy is emerging as a significant renewable energy source in many places worldwide. This UNESCO book updates several publications over the last 30 years; however, its uniqueness results from its emphasis on methods and technologies to utilize earth heat after it has been extracted from the ground, as well as on nonelectrical applications that have previously been given lesser emphasis. Major subjects include geothermal background, electricity generation, space and district heating, space cooling, greenhouse, heating, aquaculture, industrial applications, environmental impacts and mitigation, and economics and financing. In this beautifully organized book, each chapter ends with select references, self-assessment questions, and answers. Numerous figures and tables appropriately augment the text. Instructive case histories and insightful practical examples are particularly illuminating. This book is an outstanding contribution; it speaks to the potential future of geothermal energy, and it should serve as an essential guidebook for developers and environmentalists as well as an introductory textbook to the futuristic promise of geothermal energy. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students."
– T. L. T. Grose, Colorado School of Mines in CHOICE
- Geothermal Background
- Electricity Generation
- Space and District Heating
- Space Cooling
- Greenhouse Heating
- Industrial Applications
- Environmental Impacts and Mitigation
- Economics and Financing
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Mary Dickson and Mario Fanelli, the editors, both affiliated with the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources of Pisa, Italy, organize international courses and congresses on geothermal energy. Mary Dickson is associate editor of the international journal Geothermics.