The Geothermal World: Past, Present and Future: Power Plants and Geothermal Fields.pdf

The Geothermal World: Past, Present and Future: Power Plants and Geothermal Fields.pdf


This book covers the history of geothermal science, with a special focus on electricity production. The Larderello area, the craddle of the modern geothermal industry, is particularly highlighted. A major portion of the book is devoted to geothermal energy generation in various countries with a specific section on each geothermal field and their major characteristics. The book covers in detail the future development tracks and trends, such as the foreseeable reduction of capacity factor in the forthcoming years, the basic power plant technology (dry steam, single/double flash, ORC/Kalina binary cycle) and the temperature dependence of the conversion efficiency, specially focussed on resource evaluation. Further, the book includes chapters on forecasting of the geothermal potential, both short and long term, and the contribution to CO2 emission reduction. A key aspect of the book is to provide information on critical topics related to geothermal exploitation for electricity and the status of the geothermal industry.

Section I. Fundamentals and Background 1. Introduction 1.1. The geothermal history: antiquities and middle ages 1.2 The geothermal history: the modern age 1.3. The birth of geothermal industry: Larderello 1.4. Characteristic and classification of geothermal systems 1.5 Geothermal Power Plant for electricity 1.6 Direct utilization of geothermal heat 2. World distribution of geothermal field 2.1 America 2.2 Africa 2.3 Asia 2.4 Europe 2.5 Oceania Section II. Geothermal Energy Generation 3. The geothermal world: history and present status 3.1 America 3.2 Africa 3.3 Asia 3.4 Europe 3.5 Oceania Section III. Resources, Reserves and Forecasting 4. Definition 4.1 Geothermal Energy Resources and Reserves 4.2 Stored Heat Method for Geothermal Potential evaluation 4.3 Short term forecasting 4.4 Long term forecasting 5. Technological issues 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Direct uses 5.3 Electricity production: power plant technologies 5.4 Capacity Factor 5.5 Conversion Efficiency 6. Contribution to CO2 emission mitigation 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Direct Uses 6.3 Electricity


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