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New Advances in Geothermal Technology

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This course will review the geothermal principles, present and future applications, and various design criteria. The geothermal energy potential beneath our feet is vast. This tremendous resource amounts to 50,000 times the energy of all oil and gas resources in the world, and geothermal energy is clean; it represents a promising solution for the nation and the world as they become ever more concerned about global warming, pollution, and rising fossil energy prices.

Increased development of geothermal energy gives people the potential to gain better control of their own local energy resources and use a secure, safe, domestic source of energy. Today’s U.S. geothermal industry is a $1.5-billion-per-year enterprise involving over 2800 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation, about 2000 MW of thermal energy in direct-use applications such as indoor heating, greenhouses, food drying, and aquaculture, and over 3,700 MW of thermal energy from geothermal heat pumps. The potential for growth is substantial.

This course is based entirely on Geothermal Energy Today- Publication DOE/GO-102005-2189 September 2005 published by the U.S. Department of Energy. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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