Geothermal Energy: Utilization and Technology

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9781844071845: Geothermal Energy: Utilization and Technology

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 the book 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, the book 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. Published with UNESCO

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Each prominent contributor develops a specific area relating to the potential of geothermal energy and its effects on a community to provide a detailed exploration of the field. Demonstrates how cost effective geothermal energy can be under the right conditions as well as the type of system required for recovery. Every chapter features objectives, goals and self-assessment questions.

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Mary H. 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

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